The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
5 out of 5 stars
“There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.”
Goodreads Description: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing. It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die. The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine and also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
Where has this book been all my life? Oh yeah…sitting on my bookshelf collecting dust for a year and a half. THIS. BOOK. OMG. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. I buddy read it with Maren from The Worn Bookmark. I was a little skeptical at first though, not going to lie. In the first few pages you’re given all these charts and lists and I’m like “WTF THIS IS SO MUCH TO REMEMBER“. I felt like it was going to be a struggle to try to remember all these different things and unnaturals. By the way guys, there is a glossary in the back of the book (I didn’t know until I finished reading – but I didn’t need the glossary, thankfully). So yeah…I was like “nooooo, I already don’t like you“.
I kept reading anyway and I am so glad I did, because it was amazing. Samantha did an amazing job with making it easy to follow along and not get completely overwhelmed with all of the different unnaturals. The world was so cool and different. It was really creepy at times too, which I love. I love a good creep factor in a book. There were so many different unnaturals, but they were all really interesting. Depending on the unnatural, they all had different abilities…that’s where the charts at the beginning come in handy. Although like I said, it’s really easy to just follow along without. So many things were happening and I felt like it was really fast paced, which I love. Back to back action, especially the second half of the book. It was then that I was like “this is intense and I love every second of it and this book“.
I loved the characters, especially the Warden and Paige. The Warden is my new fictional crush, love him. AHHHHHH! Paige was a pretty tough cookie and I loved it. I will forever ship the Warden and Paige. Overall, this book was amazing. I loved everything about it. It was such a fun read and it kept me on the edge of my seat every page. I highly recommend picking it up!
“I don’t know whether honesty is better than happiness. Do we sacrifice honesty in order to be happy?”
“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”
I was approved for Goodbye Days on Netgalley, which I originally planned to read next, but after the end of The Bone Season I am definitely picking up The Mime Order first. I am dying to see what happens next in the series! 😀 By the way, I dreamt about the Warden last night, so this book really stuck with my after finishing it yesterday. Haha. Goodbye Days will be my next read after the Mime Order though and I am STOKED!!! I am so glad I was approved for it.
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