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The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  21,860 ratings  ·  3,677 reviews
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, t...more
Hardcover, UK, 466 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Emily May

I really, really wanted to like this book. It sounds stupid but I actually feel slightly guilty at how disappointed I was with it and I think the main reason is because the author is a British student of the same age as me and, as soon as I learned that, I really wanted her to succeed. I really wanted Shannon to be the next J.K.Rowling, as some are calling her. I really wanted her debut to take me out of this world and leave me desperate to get my hands on the next installment. However, I just...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
In short: the publisher's overblown hype set this book up for judgment and failure, but the book itself provided the rope.

I hate hype. The thing about hype is that it---unfairly, at times---sets the bar up so high that there is really nowhere to go but down. This is true especially in the case of such a young author. You throw in the name Bloomsbury, and the "seven book series" bit, and the J.K. Rowling comparison surely comes. It certainly sets standards extremely high, unrealistically high, th...more
Steph Sinclair
Dec 03, 2013 Steph Sinclair rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a more complex novel with intricate world building
Recommended to Steph by: myself 'cause I'm awesome
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

The Bone Season is easily the most hyped book of 2013, surpassing even the conclusion of the Divergent series, Allegiant. As the first in a seven book series, it's already been optioned for a movie and did appear on the New York Times Bestsellers list its debut week. But when I heard the magical words "the next J.K. Rowling" my interest, along with many, was instantly piqued due to my severe lack of will-power. But like any book surrounded by a massive amount of hype, the...more
Although nothing significantly ground-breaking, Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season is an intricately built and wonderfully absorbing first novel (in an expected series of seven). It draws together some familiar concepts – everything from clairvoyance, otherworldly races and the imagined dystopian nature of futuristic society – and weaves them into an inventive and richly crafted story. There is room for improvement, granted, particularly where the technicalities of the world-building are concern...more

Curse you Samantha Shannon!!! You go and create this amazingly original book, and then make me wait for the rest?! I'm not going to make it. If you need me to *ahem* check the future books for...something...I'm more than willing. Jus'sayin. Now on to the book review!!

All clairvoyance was prohibited, of course, but the kind that made money was a downright sin. They had a special term for it: mime-crime.

This story is incredibly original (for me), and really intense! Though I really loved it, the...more
The Bone Season is a highly original and engaging read.

The Bone Season has been classed as an ‘Adult’ book by the publisher, but it definitely has crossover appeal. It features characters that are 18+, touches on adult themes, and contains curse words (not much.) As someone who is over the age of 18 I would love to see more books like this, as it offers the best of both worlds – not YA, but not quite adult either. When I first heard the term 'New Adult' this is what I thought it would be. I was...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

When it comes to The Bone Season, I hardly know where to begin. For one, this book has received an innumerable amount of mixed reviews, many of which I find misleading, and for another, this debut is so impressive in its scope that I feel unprepared to truly discuss it. Nevertheless, if one thing is certain concerning Samantha Shannon's novel, it is this: I loved it.

The Bone Season is set deep in the heart of the criminal underworld of London. In 2059, Scion, the current ruling...more
I could review this and tell you all the reasons I didn't like it, but that would probably require me to read more of it (I only got about a quarter of the way through) and... I'd rather not. Suffice it to say, creating a complicated alternate London and explaining its social order to me in detail for 200 pages doesn't really work if you forget to develop an interesting main character. Or... any of the characters. Twilight has better characterization than this. (I knew right away exactly what ki...more

The Bone Season is a highly anticipated debut slated for August of this year by Samantha Shannon, the first in a seven-part series. It's a book I expect to hear rave reviews about in the future, particularly if readers enjoy it as much as I did. The book is a complex read, and I will do my best to distill it into an appropriate, spoiler-free review. I almost feel as if I am not smart enough to talk about this book.

The year is 2059 and the setting is London, England. The world is a place where g...more
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Thank you Bloomsbury Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

'My father thought I would lead a simple life; that I was bright but unambitious, complacent with whatever work life threw at me. My father, as usual, was wrong.'

The Bone Season is a highly complex novel with an incommensurable set of characters and an intense plot line. While the first quarter can be fairly daunting- with ranges of bumps such as...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Intricate and richly imaginative, The Bone Season is a book that clearly stands out, one of the very few titles completely worthy of the hype. Rarely do I get so utterly swallowed by a book, living and breathing along with its characters, but Samantha Shannon’s debut held me prisoner for days. Though admittedly willing, I was no less a captive than Paige Mahoney was in Sheol 1.

And what a horrible place Sheol 1 is. Shiny on the outside, rotten on the inside, based on slavery and lead by the vici...more
Jack Truong
To say that this author is the next JK Rowling is like saying I'm the incarnation of Tolkien on steroid.

Brace yourself, this review is gonna be ugly. I wish the system had allowed me to rate a book lower than 1, because I don't simply 'not like it'. When I finished reading, I wonder if the people at Bloomsburry were on Floxy when they decided to publish this book. It is BORING. There is nothing new or ground-breaking here. It's just the same old ideas stuffed in a lackluster plot and contrived s...more
Ryan Dejonghe
I feel sorry for author Samantha Shannon. Someone did her a disservice by calling her ‘the next J.K. Rowling'. And then NPR took those words and titled their article “Could This Be The Next Harry Potter? Maybe!” And now, people are mad—really mad—that this book is NOTHING like Harry Potter. And I can’t find anyone using the active voice to attribute the comparison; NPR says “Samantha Shannon is being touted as the new J.K. Rowling”, but who—WHO—started this?

If anything, I view Bone Season as a m...more
Paige is a voyant with the very rare gift of being a dream-walker. She can push into a person's mind and if she chooses attack them at their very core. Living in the near future, in a London that is ruled by humans who fear and despise the voyants she finds a home in the criminal underworld where her gifts are valued. Then she is captured by the government and sent to Oxford, a city that has been removed from all maps, a prison for the voyants that is ruled by mysterious and brutal beings known...more
Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder

2.5 Stars

I can see why there's so much hype around this book! There's a lot of action and drama and all that fun stuff packed in here. And I really like this novel, I do. The Bone Season held my attention for a lot longer than I thought it would, but unfortunately there is just so many things that I can't overlook and allow me give this book a higher rating. Nonetheless a lot of people will still enjoy this, maybe even love it. I'm just not one of those people who can overlook things easily.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Book One of The Bone Season series
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Paperback copy sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 unusu...more
Aug 20, 2013 Suzanne rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Suzanne by: Sam
Shelves: favourites-2013
The Bone Season was absolutely fantastic, I enjoyed it so much.

From some reviews that I'd read, I expected to be blasted with info dumping at the start but I didn't find it to be like that. That doesn't mean it was all plain sailing though. I felt there was a lot of characters and at times I'd come across a name and wouldn't have a clue who that person was, even though it wouldn't have been their introduction. Also, there were a lot of different kinds of voyants, as they're called, that I wasn'...more
Athena (Shardbearer)

So...the beginning was hard, so much info dumping but when you get about 20% in its smooth sailing. The only problem I had was Paige was a little childish at times, but I get it she's 19. But, the world and the clairvoyance was really cool. It felt original and a breath of fresh air...and no insta-love, which was such a relief. I will re-read this when the time comes and I did enjoy it more than I thought I would!
Hype: to promote or publicize extravagantly

Bone Season is the very definition of hype. The Marketing team was working overtime to promote the first installment in a proposed seven-book series. Not only was the story itself hyped up but the author herself, being promoted as the next J.K. Rowling. Considering who J.K. Rowling is, that is not a term to be throwing around lightly. The rights to the film have already been purchased as well. Unfortunately, I think in the long run the Marketing team di...more
Thanks to my obnoxiously frustrating mood lately, it took me far longer than it should have done to read The Bone Season. Through no fault of its own, three chapters in it was ungratefully cast aside so my restless mind could settle on other things - other books - until I actually forced myself to go back to it. This time I pushed through; finally my mind calmed and I was able to lose myself in what is an undoubtedly exceptional read.

We find ourselves first in the heart of London, where the Seve...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I've heard so much about The Bone Season, which was quite possibly one of this summer's most talked about debuts by author Samantha Shannon. Though I'm the kind of person who's generally wary of the hype machine, I won't deny I was quite curious to see for myself what all the fuss was about! And now that I've had the chance to finish the audiobook, I can certainly understand why readers have been so impressed by it.

4.5 stars

I picked up The Bone Season at BookExpo America, when I was wandering past the Bloomsbury booth one day. I knew nothing about it, even whether it was YA or not*. Then I kept hearing lots of buzz - both positive and negative. Then I was freaked out by the fact that it's the first of SEVEN books. Then some of my trusted blogging friends read it and loved it. Then I just picked it up and started reading. Then I FELL IN LOVE with this rich and complex world, and I wanted to read more and mo...more
Um. I liked it. Yes.

Something I want to say: I thought the relationship between Paige and (view spoiler) was really well-done. (view spoiler)...more
2 1/2 stars. Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

In 2059, the world is a very different, very dangerous place. Thankfully, Scion exists and controls that danger, its cities bearing the slogan “Welcome to Scion, no safer place.” Scion regulates every aspect of its citizens’ life, from travel, to education, to occupation. Most importantly, Scion protects humans from the very real terrorizing threat of voyants; clairvoyants, that is people with the ability to divine the future, or control a...more
Lately I’ve been quite lucky in picking up books which have received a lot of hype before their release dates. Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season had been promoted as the next Harry Potter and she had already signed a seven book deal even before The Bone Season had been released. As always I had my wary cap on before going into this book but after finishing this book I can safely say the faith that everyone had in Shannon in being able to deliver a stunning debut novel was fully justified.

I did...more
Aug 23, 2013 Kathylill rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy, steampunk,
I really wanted to like this one ... but I simply couldn't. Too long, too much information, too much talking and recounting of past events and not enough action. At 45% into the book I almost reached the point of dismissing it. Unfortunately the promising story remains clouded by bad execution.

I’ve got really bored by all the explanations, descriptions and retellings of the past while waiting for the action to finally start. The first half of the book nothing really interesting happens. Not onl...more
The next J.K. Rowling? Uh, nice try, Bloomsbury, but no. Extremely false. This isn’t the worst book I’ve read, by far, but it is one of the most frustrating, mostly because Samantha Shannon is clearly very smart, so that makes it all the more aggravating that this turned out the way it did. I have lots of thoughts, as if you couldn’t tell from all my status updates. I will try to parse them out in a concise and entertaining manner, butn I make no promises because it is New Year’s Eve and I’m in...more
Cora Linn
The last 20% of this was actually OK, but there were so many things about this book that I couldn't stand it was too little too late. It was a pity, I'#d heard such great things and thought I was going to love this.

Take an alternate universe and barely describe it. Then add about a gazillion different types of clairvoyant (voyant) and don't actually explain what the majority of them actually do. Then, jumble up time so that the reader realises that what she's actually read as about two weeks has...more
Julie Covington
Rating 4.5 stars

Took me several days to wrangle my head around a rating for this one. I think a lot of that had to do with the first 100 pages. As others have pointed out there is an info dump in this book that will leave you with a massive headache if you dwell on trying to understand what the hell is going on. And there is a damn glossary!! Yes, you heard right.

After the first chapter I was struggling to make heads or tails out of what I was reading to the point my head was spinning. But what...more
Frankie Brown
The Bone Season is the story of a dreamwalker named Paige. She lives in a citadel called London, one of many citadels worldwide ruled by the Scion. The Scion are executing a slow, brutal genocide on clairvoyants like Paige, forcing them into a life of underground crime. But unbeknownst to the clairvoyants of the citadel, another war rages. One that straddles worlds.

Writing this review is a struggle, because I don't think I've ever read anything quite like The Bone Season.

Many have tried to peg...more
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Samantha Shannon was born and raised in West London. She recently finished her degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford, where she specialised in Emily Dickinson and Principles of Film Criticism.

In 2012 she signed a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishing to publish the first three books in a seven-book series, beginning with The Bone Season. Film rights to the novel wer...more
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