I first heard of The Bone Season when a blog post popped on my feed reader about the then relatively unknown Samantha Shannon, and her seven book deal with Bloomsbury. Needless to say, I skipped reading the entire thing. Just before the release this year, the buzz took up momentum. Again, I gave it a miss until the book landed in my mailbox.
Honestly, these comparisons didn’t do much good. It might have pushed up the sales but in the long-term, might not be a good strategy. Comparisons tend to pale the author’s work and the shadow of the already successful series doesn’t make it easy. The Bone Season is a great book in its own right, a series I look forward to, and I have decided to look at it exactly that way.
The Bone Season attempts combining fantasy and dystopia. The choice of setting the plot in future filled with Amaurotics and Clairvoyants is brilliant, and the world building is fascinating. The 19-year-old protagonist Paige Mahoney is a dream-walker. She leads a double life, hidden among which is, her being a part of the underground crime mafia. When discovered by the Scion security forces, torture and death await her. Having made peace with the realization that death is imminent, Paige is surprised when she is transported from the Scion prison to the city of Oxford controlled by the alien race of Rephaim. However, this isn’t the only new thing she discovers about the new world and her own.
The first book in the series, The Bone Season puts forth many things for the readers to absorb. This world filled with clairvoyants, Rephaim and the nod towards the titular Bone Season have set it up for a promising second book. The romance elements are more New Adult than YA, and it is something I am hoping Shannon works on in the coming book because there is so much scope. While the book is lengthy in comparison to the current YA titles, it is more or less justified with the scope of the story.
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