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The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  30,099 ratings  ·  4,942 reviews
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 chan
Hardcover, UK, 466 pages
Published August 20th 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Anna The main heroine is 19 in the 1st book and she will be probably in her early or mid twenties by the end of the series. Also most of the secondary…moreThe main heroine is 19 in the 1st book and she will be probably in her early or mid twenties by the end of the series. Also most of the secondary characters are adults, not teenagers, and in the book there is some violence (about just as much as in "The Hunger Games") and one sex scene (briefly described, nothing explicit). However, I think that "The Bone Season" will appeal even more to YA readers than to readers who read only adult literature. I'm a YA fan myself and I highly recomend "The Bone Season" - the worldbuilding is amazing!(less)
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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
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
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
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

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, t
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Carmen by: Library

This book is disgusting. My skin was crawling with revulsion while I read it.

The first part - the first three chapters - were already upsetting me. It's an alternate reality England. 200 years ago, some humans started becoming clairvoyant. It's unclear whether this was triggered by something or if it was something that always existed, hidden from the sight of amaurotics (her word for non-clairvoyants). Paige is a clairvoyant, and clairvoyants are hunted, tortured and kille
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
Bookworm Sean
There’s a lot wrong with this book

I heard lots of praise about this book prior to reading it. It is supposed to be some kind of novel that is representative of female fantasy novelists, and the rising popularity of them. Apparently this novel is leading the charge for women writers claiming the fantasy genre. Well if that was true, which it isn’t, then this charge is a lost cause because this novel is incredibly average. Not to mention the fact that the actual forerunner of female fantasy writi
Robin (Bridge Four)
2.5 Stars

Buddy Read January 16, 2015 with Annette, Athena (Shardbearer), Michelle, Shandra, Kristen, Kerry, Jamie, Julie, and Andrew at Buddies Books and Baubles

I can definitely see why so many people have enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it too, not a huge 5 star kind of enjoy but enough that even though I’m giving it a 2.5 stars I am going to read the next book.

Now any other series starting with a 2 star I might not continue with but there is a ton of potential and this is her first book I expec
helen the bookowl
Going into this book was stepping out of my comfort zone. This book is sci-fi and fantasy combined into one, and I'm not good at either of those. However, I was intrigued by all the great reviews out there and I finally started reading.
I was planning on taking my time with this book, especially because I had heard that the beginning could be quite confusing. However, here I am now, 1 1/2 day later - I have finished the book and I am left with a hollow feeling inside.
This story took me by surpr
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
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
Aug 23, 2013 j rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, buzzzzzz
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
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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
4.5/5 stars
I SO loved and enjoyed this book. Paige is a heroine that is gutsy and her decisions and actions actually make sense, even if they are mistakes. I love her. And I love this book. And this world. And just all of it.
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
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
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
What did I just read??? Oh my


Paige is an unnatural who works for one of the mimelords in the future where London is plagued with people who can hear, speak and converse with spirits. She is different from the rest and having that ability makes her valuable enough to be kidnapped. Her captors take her to a place where she didn't know existed and there she will find a world that she never knew existed.

I don't even know how I was going to write this review, but alas it was easier than I thought
Paige (Enchantology)
Now I know why I never wrote a review for this the first time I read it in 2013. I loved this so much that I don't think I could possibly do a reasonable and coherent review of it!
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.

*4.5 Stars*

Really loved this book!! I loved the main character, Paige. She was such a real and honest character, I really connected to her and loved her! This book had a bit of action, but there was a lot of world building, which sometimes made the pacing a bit slow, so that's why I took off .5 stars, and also while the world of clairvoyance was super cool, it was still a bit confusing at times. But overall I really loved this book and can't wait to read the sequel!!
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
Fantastic is an understatement.

The Bone Season absolutely blew me away. Such a fantastically written book, with a gripping plot, amazing characters and original setting and ideas. I flew through it, despite the rocky beginning - there’s quite a lot of information presented, which can make it difficult for the reader to connect, but once you get pass that, you will not want to put this book down. It’s imaginative, it presents a fresh setting and it’s a riveting read.

The year is 2059 and Paige Mah

Godina je 2059. Pejdž Mahoni (19 godina) živi u scionskoj republici London (London je 1929.g.postao Prva scionska citadela) i deo je londonskog zločinačkog podzemlja pod imenom Scila. Ona je Vidovnjak, Šetačica snovima, Neprirodna. Scion je upravo i nastao kao odgovor na novootkrivenu pretnju Kraljevstvu, na „epidemiju vidovnjaštva“. Vidovnjaci se smatraju najgorim zločincima, otpadnicima, oni su pošast koja mora biti iskorenjena. Postoje i posebne jedinice čiji je zadatak da love Vidovnjake, a
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!
Lindsey Rey
[3.5 Stars]
So, I expected to hate this book, but here I am giving it four stars.

I'm pretty sure this is a result of 1.) low expectations and 2.) I was completely in the right mood for this book at this particular time.

Maybe that's one of the perks of watching a book get way overhyped, and then reading some mixed reviews and having your expectations plummet. It leaves a lot of room to be pleasantly surprised. I didn't re-read the synopsis before going in and I honestly had no clue what it was even about--

Buddy read with Alaska, Charlotte and Manuela **

I had been wanting to read The bone season since...forever. I even bought it months ago, while I was on a trip and got it for nine dollars at The Strand, but while I really wanted to read it, I never felt like it was the right moment. And now that I finally read it I can say that The bone season didn't disappoint me. It was a bit slow sure, and it will be an extremely long series, but I think that it has one of the most interesting world-buildi
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
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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
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