EDIT: This giveaway is closed. I will contact a winner tomorrow and announce them on the blog after they respond. Thanks to everyone who signed up!
Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Published Date: 2013
Welcome to the Lost Generation Blog Tour stop for The Bone Season! I am very excited to be reviewing this book and would like to thank Bloomsbury for letting me participate in the tour. There have been some fantastic reviews on this book, so don’t forget to check out @TheBoneSeason on Twitter for links to other reviews.
Please Note: The review below contains spoilers after the Overview (in italics). If you want to avoid spoilers and simply enter the giveaway, please skip down to the bottom of this post.
Samantha Shannon at Oxford (Photo Credit: Neale Haynes for USA TODAY)
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The summary seems to say everything, and yet it says nothing at all. There is so much information and plot packed into this book that it’s difficult at first to get the hang of what exactly is going on, who these people are, and what the hell some of it even means. That being said, I promise that you will get it, and that it will be brilliant once you do. You’re dealing with a seven-book series of the fantasy/dystopian/paranormal variety, so you must accept in the beginning that you’re going to get a lot of information and a lot of imagination.
I want to start with overall setting. I think a lot of credit is owed to the author for the world she created. Yes, I understand that London and Oxford already exist, but she took them and built a new world around them. She also made those areas unique with certain districts and the mystery of Oxford that everyone assumed was shut down. The older Oxford buildings also add to the mystery and appeal of the Rephaim, because really you could only put them in an archaic setting. Scion London sounds like the perfect playground – you know, in a dangerous and sketchy sort of way that we all love to read about.
Even more brilliant than the setting was the creation of the Rephaim, Emim, and voyants in general. I don’t read many “books like this,” to put it simply (classics snob), so I don’t know what’s out there, but considering all the press from this book and me never hearing of this sort of book before, I can only assume it’s unique to its genre. I’ll admit I knew very little about clairvoyants before reading the book, so this was a slow progression for me. Once I got the hang of what everything meant and how it all fit together, I was hooked. The overall plot surrounding these people kept me interested the entire time. I was actually waiting for the Emim to be a joke made up by the Rephaim to keep everyone in line. Okay, they probably are a real thing in the series and an actual threat, but I’m just throwing that out there in case by some miracle I’m correct down the road. (I’m sure I’ll re-read the book soonish and find solid proof that they’re real and delete this part of my review. Awkward.)
And the aether! Oh, the aether. It’s such a beautiful place, isn’t it? I sometimes felt drunk after finishing a scene involving the aether. (Note: No drinking was involved in the reading of this book…or the writing of this review.) Warden really got me spooked when he said, “Nothing is safe from the aether. And even the aether is not exempt from war and death.” Well fuck, I guess we’re all screwed then, aren’t we? This really put things into perspective for me. That, and Warden saying earlier, “There is no hell. There is only aether.” Fine, Warden, just kill the reading buzz I had going. (But seriously, love the entire idea of aether. So clever.)
Speaking of Warden, isn’t he just the greatest? I’m not always a sucker for the main man (Peeta who? But what is a Harry Potter?), but I really love Warden. He’s brilliant, of course, not to mention ancient and mysterious and probably sexy like Chris Hemsworth (You’re seeing it now, I know you are). He’s also got a little snark going on, and that’s just a personality bonus. One of my favorite exchanges between him and Paige on the comical side (at least I consider it comical) is when discussing the amaurotics:
Paige: “So you treat them as your butlers.”
Warden: “Slaves, Paige. Let us not be delicate.”
I think that basically sums up Warden right there, don’t you? I mean, he’s also ballsy and ends up being a gosh darn hero in the end, but let’s just swoon a little bit over the snark.
Now, on to Paige Mahoney. There are heroines in some of my favorite book series with awesome names and sweet skills. First, there was Hermione Granger. Second, there was Katniss Everdeen. And now, there’s Paige Mahoney. This young lady is just as ballsy as Warden, though sometimes a tad stubborn, and that never ends well. But she has survived the first book and even got a little *kind of* action. (Baby steps.) Despite being forced against it sometimes, she’s loyal to her pseudo-family, the Seven Seals, and does everything possible to return to them after being taken even though what she had there wasn’t super promising in the first place. She’s essentially a slave either way, but at least in Scion London she has a bit more freedom.
The fight shall continue in the next book, and I personally cannot wait. I haven’t truly been hooked on a series since Harry Potter, and it feels marvelous to anticipate several installments of what I think will be a very successful series for Samantha Shannon.
Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.
No life lived is lost.
“Nothing’s worse than a story without an end.”
Bloomsbury has generously offered to give a copy of The Bone Season away to one reader. You do NOT need to follow my blog or social sites in order to win, but of course such things are always appreciated.
1. You must be 13 years or older to participate.
2. You do not need a blog to participate.
3. The book must be shipped to a United States address.
4. Winners will be picked using random.org.
Please comment this post with anything relating to The Bone Season. You can talk about why you want the book or your thoughts if you’ve already read it. You can talk about the wonderful author, Samantha Shannon. You can say what you think will happen next. You can get snarky and tell me why I’m wrong about all the things; I can handle it. This is a free space, but please include something. I want to know what you’re all thinking.
The giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 10th at 11:59pm Eastern. I will contact the winner on Wednesday.