It’s been a long time coming.
With the wait for The Song Rising – the 3rd book in this series – being so long, I knew I needed to reread this book and the second one. Admittedly, I should have started my rereads sooner, since I still need to read the 2nd book and the 3rd book is now released. But still. Here we are at last.
Let’s dive into The Bone Season!
Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series Status: The 1st book in the Bone Season series
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia
Number of Pages: 560 (this edition includes a novella)
(Found on Goodreads)
For the past two hundred years the Scion government has led an oppressive campaign against unnaturalness in London.
Clairvoyance in all its forms has been decreed a criminal offence, and those who practise it viciously punished. Forced underground, a clairvoyant underworld has developed, combating persecution and evading capture.
Paige Mahoney, a powerful dreamwalker operating in the Seven Dials district of London, leads a double life, using her unnaturalness illegally while hiding her gift from her father, who works for the Scion regime…
*This is a reread for me*
This has been one of my favourite books for years, but in the wait for the third book, I had forgotten much of what happened in the first two. Hence, a reread was in order.
But I’ve always, ALWAYS said the same thing about this book. While I absolutely love it, I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. Why? Well, let’s see…
Everybody admits that this book is a complicated one. In some reviews, that’s the downfall. And yes, it IS a lot to take in. Not only does this world have a system we’ve never heard of, there’s the fantasy elements of clairvoyance. Within that clairvoyance, there’s different orders, or categories people are sorted into. There’s new phrases we’ve never heard of, and just as you start getting the hang of it, there’s slang brought in. Yes, it can be confusing.
But honestly? To me, the complicated detail of it all is why I love it so much. I’ve always loved books that are complicated, but not too hard to follow. The ones where little details are bought in, and I can’t help but appreciate the author’s cleverness. So while many can’t wrap their head around the world and it’s ways, I dive right in and embrace it all.
I mean, take the slang for instance. Some might deem it an unnecessary inconvenience. Something to confuse you more. However I see it as adding even more detail to this world. You can tell where someone is from in this world, because you recognise the slang. You can tell who they’re around, because they picked it up from them.
If I’m not selling it to you, worry not. You’re not just thrown into this world unprepared. There’s a map. A diagram of the orders. A glossary. A whole host of materials you can use to help you along, if need be. Me? I love looking through these things, but I don’t use them while reading. I just go with it, not worrying too much about what each new word means or trying to wrap my head around the orders. The story still works without a detailed understanding, I can assure you. It’s written in a way where you still know what’s happening, and so bit by bit you wrap your head around it all.
While this book follows a few tropes here and there – like “the goverment hates people who are born with powers and plans to punish them all” – it’s one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read.
There’s a dystopian London. There’s Clairvoyance. Underground gangs. A spiritual world. Weird humanoid alien/angel creatures
(ok, what actually are they?). It takes troped and twists them into something new, so much so that I didn’t even realise there were tropes until long after finishing. I can’t get over how much there is to this world.
Even the characters. They’re all so developed, they all have completely different personalities. They all have faults, making them realistic and whole. And they all stand out on their own – I can’t even explain it.
I just wholeheartedly love this series and all its cleverness. In case you hadn’t guessed already.
Rated 5/5 stars!
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