For the last week or so I have been heavily invested in four books, and it was very up in the air as to which of two or three of them I was going to finish first. It just so happened that “The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon won out, fulfilling #41, a book by an author you’ve never read before in the 2015 Reading Challenge.
I’ve had this book on my shelf for about a year, but it wasn’t until I downloaded the audiobook from Audible that I felt any great desire to read it (or listen to it as it transpired). I’d heard a lot of hype about this particular book, with some likening it to “Harry Potter” and J.K. Rowling, and I had to see what all the fuss was about!
My Goodreads Review
“‘The Bone Season’ by Samantha Shannon is the first book in a seven part epic fantasy series. Set in the year 2059, it follows the main character Paige, a clairvoyant with a rare ability. The public does not embrace clairvoyant types; rather they are outcast and forced to hide to avoid detection. Paige lives and works for a mime-lord, Jaxon Hall, until the day she inadvertently murders a guard, and is captured and taken to, what is essentially, a prison for clairvoyants.
Upon arrival, she is stripped of her name, drugged, and effectively forced into slavery to her new master, Warden. Unfortunately, following this, I had a difficult time comprehending what was happening for 200 pages of the novel – other than the fact that Paige wanted to escape. She seemed to have to partake is some sort of trials (think ‘The Maze Runner’ meets ‘The Hunger Games’) to determine her place in the society. There are an incredibly high number of characters introduced, who don’t seem to stick around for long enough for me to care about them, or even understand who they are and how they fit in with the story.
This book was incredibly different to anything I’ve previously read. I was hooked early on – I was listening to the audiobook, and I thought it was very good – although I did have some difficulty understanding the terms, which are flung about. There is a glossary in the back of the novel, but this isn’t much use if you’re listening to the book – I didn’t let it deter me though. I guessed, and I was usually proven correct.
There has been a lot of comparison with J.K. Rowling and ‘Harry Potter’, but I think a more suitable comparison would be to Suzanne Collins and ‘The Hunger Games’. Paige develops magnificently as a character (I thought she was weak for the first half of the book) and effectively becomes the Mockingjay for all those imprisoned.
Whilst I enjoyed it this book, seeing as I didn’t fully understand the world, some of the characters, and what was actually happening throughout the duration, I felt as though there were some serious issues with this novel as I didn’t feel entirely fulfilled come the ending.”
It’s slightly daunting knowing that this is going to be a seven part epic. I’m going to dive into the second book, “The Mime Order” at some point, but I don’t feel rushed to do so. It would be nice to be caught up with this series by the time the third book is released (probably some time in 2016). I expect that I will continue on with the audiobook, as having someone else pronounce those horrible words has got to be better than my botched attempt in my head.
#41 A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (5/10)
Nineteen down, thirty-one to go. (Twenty read)
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Update (04/10/15): This update has been a long time coming. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but on reflection I can honestly say that I have absolutely no recollection of the storyline, and that is because it didn’t go in as I was reading it. If I don’t know what happened in a book, I simply can’t have enjoyed it. I gave it 6/10 originally, but I’m going to drop that to 5/10. I may read the second book in the series, as I fully believe in second chances, but if it doesn’t deliver I may call it a day.