Book review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

All of the opinions on this book are my own. I am not trying to force a certain thought on people, just expressing how I feel about it. 

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First of all I wanna say that this is my first book review ever. So it probably will not be the best review right now, but I’m trying and I think that’s good enough. Also, I read this book in the Dutch translation, so certain concepts may be a little harder to explain.

Synopsis: 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 story turned out pretty good. The book follows the point-of-view of Paige, who is portrayed as a very determined, strong girl. Although she always makes the right decisions in my opinion, her choices are very predictable. This takes the anticipation a little bit away for me. The chemistry between Paige and Warden though screams out of the book and I couldn’t wait till the moment something would happen. The other characters in the book are well described. I really got to know them and the author did a good job in expressing their point-of-view through paige.

The concept of dreamwalkers and other clairvoyant people had me really confused at times. In the beginning of the book I got really lost in all the different sorts of clairvoyant people and everything that happens. I think it is a little too much. Later a lot of concepts got better explained, but certain concepts still remained vague. The whole dreamworld of people and the layers to it just kept me wondering. I found it hard to really get into the world, since it took me some time to understand everything a little bit.

The book started a bit slow, but after you get through the first chapters it really catches up and the storyline grabs you. The last chapters went a little too fast for me. The whole finale could have taking up some more pages.

Overall I am giving this book 3.5/5 stars. It definitely wasn’t bad, but is wasn’t amazing for me. I can definitely see the opportunity out of the story for the other two books in this series, The Mime Order and The Song Rising.

 

 

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