Book Review: The Bone Season
The Bone Season is a refreshing merging of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Samantha Shannon has created a new order, an alternate universe a new reality on the basis of some strong characters. The Bone Season made an interesting read.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury (first published January 1st 2013)
Original Title: The Bone Season
ISBN: 1408836432 (ISBN13: 9781408836439)
Edition Language: English
Series: The Bone Season #1
PLOT: In London, 2059 Paige Mahoney is committing treason just by being alive. Her fault is she belongs to a category of Humans who are bestowed with special abilities called clairvoyance. All Clairvoyants are being hunted by the Scion and live in constant fear of being exposed. In a twist of fate she gets captured by the Scion soon to realise that there is a bigger threat looming large. The Rephiates are here and control everything, but no one knows of their existence. She understands the threat these species from Netherworld are towards humanity, and Paige wants to do something about it. But, to do something, Paige has to find a way out from the prison that the Rephs have created.
CHARCTERS: Paige Mahoney, is such a well written character, you can feel her fear, the change in her, her want to do right, and slowly finding her way. The character grows, but not so fast that the development seems unreal. Paige is one of my favourite characters written. The Rephs are all an enigma, and the Warden and Nashira, seem like the two extremes between which all the different beings exist. Interesting characters, each with a compelling story to tell is the highlight of the book.
WHAT I LIKED: The cover of the book piques you interest, and the story keeps you reading. The world where the events take place are imaginary but still there is something so familiar about it. The gang system, taken to the next level, bureaucracy and politics that can be self serving or be used for good, the clairvoyants though special are still normal humans, with hopes, dreams and aspirations like humans. The entire system is so relatable yet fantastical.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: Though there is a hierarchy and maps in the beginning of the book, it took some time to understand the world and its beings. Especially Sheol I, took a lot of time to understand. I don’t know whether further explanations would do the story any good though. But, that is the most confusing part and takes some getting used to.
RATING: Interesting, characters with new abilities, each with their own compelling journey and stories, avery strong main character, and a fantasy that you want to read more about, all makes this book a must read especially for fantasy lovers. I would rate the book 3.5 out of 5.
The book has been given to me for review by Bloomsbury India. No payment was taken, and my opinions are honest and unbiased.