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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Bone Season: A Novel by Samantha Shannon, read by Alana Kerr Collins.

The New York Times best-selling first novel in the Bone Season series, an epic fantasy about a young woman fighting to use her powers and stay alive in an England entirely different from our own.

In 2059, Scion has taken over most of the world's cities, promising safety for all the citizens it deems worthy and wiping out clairvoyants wherever it can find them.

Paige Mahoney, though, is a clairvoyant - and a criminal just for existing. Paige is determined to fight Scion's power, and as part of the Seven Seals, Paige has found a use for her powers: She scouts for information by breaking into others' minds as they dream.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The Voyant prison is a separate city, 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 Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine - a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It 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.

©2013 Samantha Shannon (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"One of 10 'Summer Must List' Books." (Entertainment Weekly)

"[A] dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom...the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer." (Booklist)

"One of 30 Hot Books for Summer." (USA Today)

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Very good.

This is a page turner for sure. Good in every aspect. Story, performance and originality.

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Painful prose and not much fun

I was hoping this was the start of another great series I could lose myself in for a few weeks. But while I made it all the way through this first book, I don’t think I want to spend my time on any more. I liked the concept of an alternate history that went off the rails from history as we know it a couple of hundred years ago when England handed itself into the hands of an alien race. It’s set in the future but only a few decades into the future. It’s a weird mix of the familiar (people talk on cell phones and eat Frosted Flakes), and the horror/sci-fi (ghosts are everywhere and telepaths, palmists, furies and all manner of extrasensory types form an underclass that society has come to fear and hate.) The heroine gets hauled off to a kind of interment camp for specials which is also the home base for the aliens. Her attempts to get back to her life in London forms the core of the story. The problem is in the writing. Everything is spelled out by someone explaining who they are to someone else. Long speeches ensue. Things don’t make sense. The top alien is the “blood sovereign” but this race doesn’t seem to actually have blood in their bodies. Our heroine rebels but so annoyingly. Foot stamping “no” bratty kid-like. Says trite, cliche phrases and is endlessly beaten, tortured, abandoned, lost, near dead dozens of times. It was exhausting and not much fun. That’s the bottom line here, this book is no fun at all - and it doesn’t have much of a moral, I didn’t learn anything, so it should at least be fun.

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Bland and unlikable characters

The plot was pretty predictable which I don't mind when I'm enjoying it but I was not. The main character was uninteresting and the character that I assume was going to become the love interest was super manipulative, annoying, and I honestly just hated him. He harked about the main character trusting him when he literally spied on her memories and dreams using magic, no thanks. Plus he was supposed to be seen as morally superior to the other supernatural characters because he wanted to help free the human slaves, but he also continued to treat the humans like pitiable creatures, like it felt like he saw himself as an animal rescuer and not morally opposed to using humans as cattle.

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Overall a Snooze Fest

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interesting yet darker than expected

An intriguing concept overall yet some aspects seemed added in with no explanation (why are they awake at night? for example) this didn't feel realistic nor was it ever explanation. Also there was more violence than I expected (setting the dark tone, I guess?) Once I got into the story it was very intriguing and the psychic gifts were clearly thought out and well explained.
The main characters were also fairly well fleshed out and the motivation was clear.
I had a hard time with the semi-English, semi-irish accent~ though once you embrace it... it works (I'm glad I didn't have to try and pull that off!) Overall~ worth a listen, and take it all with a grain of salt... or a grain of amaranth perhaps?

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Excellent!

This story was amazing, so different and intense! Alana’s narration was fantastic as well. I can’t wait to listen to book 2!

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Love this series

Seriously, this is one of my favorite series right now. I highly recommend the audiobook as well.