This book drew me in from the start. Shannon’s world of clairvoyant London is fascinating and complex. She’s created an intricate classification of voyants and abilities that lends authenticity and believability to an already captivating story. The story is daring and personal, filled with an excellent mixture of dangerous exploits along with character and relationship development. You really get to know and care for several of the characters, which makes the moments of action and danger all the more heart-pounding.
Shannon sets up the start of her series nicely, giving readers a good introduction to the kinds of people, creatures, and society the books will follow. There’s so much depth and possibility in what she’s created that, though I was a little dubious when I heard that it’s a septology, I quickly saw that Shannon has more than enough imagination and material to craft into seven books.
“Samantha Shannon has created a world that will set your imagination on fire and lure you in so absolutely you will forget your surroundings. You will also be elated to learn this is the first in a 7-book series.
Fictional London in the year 2059 is the world of Paige Mahoney, a dreamwalker. Scion is the ruling government. They absolutely reject any type of clairvoyant abilities. If they find you have those skills, you disappear. Paige discovers this is true, but the disappearance is not what she has been led to believe.
Mind-bendingly intense, rife with fascinating characters and an all-encompassing plot, The Bone Season will take you on one wild ride.
Books & Company”
— Lynn Riggs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI
The first pick of NBC's Today Book Club
Featured in New York, USA Today, and Forbes, and on CNN.com.
Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.
Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season is her first novel and the first in a series. It is being published in twenty-one countries.
Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog: www.samantha-shannon.blogspot.com
"Compelling . . . a heroine every bit as gutsy as Katniss Everdeen. J.K. Rowling’s now-grown readers are the natural audience for this complex fantasy . . . There’s great imagination at work here." —People
"[The Bone Season] invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the bucolic mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien." —USA Today
"The Bone Season has got a lot going for it, particularly its clipped pace and exciting story line. The future Shannon presents is frightening and well-imagined, and her complex hierarchy is fascinating." —Washington Post
"Intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing . . . Shannon has remarkable talent for world-building . . . . but her most sublime otherworldly creation is the complex, ever evolving, scrappy yet touching Paige Mahoney." —NPR.org
"A dystopian thriller that delivers . . . . [The Bone Season] gallops along . . . daring its readers to keep up even as it sinks in its hooks with crackerjack action [and] deftly-accentuated conflict . . . Shannon has a faultless instinct for the prerogatives of storytelling, for the engine that makes an adventure novel go . . . It’s the sort of novel you inhale in two or three days." —Salon
"Engaging and exciting. It’s energetic, imaginative, and engrossing . . . Buy it, read it, and enjoy." —TOR.com
"[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." —starred review, Booklist
"This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex." —Kirkus Reviews
"Shannon offers up a richly imagined debut . . .The internal mythology is complex and intriguing, the emotional struggle is captivating, and the pace rarely falters as Paige unravels the mysteries and dangers of her new home." —Publishers Weekly
"Part Lisbeth Salander, part Oliver Twist . . . the strong and resourceful Paige is a memorable heroine . . . One buzz book that just might merit its hype." —The Book Case on BookPage.com