The Bone Season | Samantha Shannon | Bloomsbury | August 2013
About the Book
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, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
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I bought a copy of the hardback of this a year or so back but never got around to reading it. Then I had an Audible credit burning a hole in my email inbox. So I thought I’d give the audiobook a try. I’m pleased I did because it allowed me to enjoy The Bone Season much earlier than I would have done otherwise, it wasn’t my favourite narration in the world, but I’ll talk about that in a minute. First the story itself!
The world building in The Bone Season is fantastic. From the alternative UK history, to Paige’s own past, and the reality which is revealed that is kept secret from the rest of the world.
Another strong point is our main character, Paige. It’s nice to have a heroine who isn’t necessarily a ‘goody’ (although see is) but it does add a lot of depth to her character. She’s already a strong, capable person when we meet her, and doesn’t need to grow into that. Her acceptance of her role, yes definitely. (Probably a little way to go on that as well…)
Her relationship with Warden is interesting. It takes her a long time to trust him, longer that it should probably. We as a reader clue into the fact there is more to him far quicker than she does. There is a certain stubbornness; born out of her past, and understanding of her world, that blinds her to what is in front of her.
I look forward to seeing her again in book two. Her experiences in this story, have had a seismic effect I don’t think she has truly come to terms with yet. She’s definitely not going to be able to just return to her past life in Seven Dials!
I’ve got mixed feelings about the narration by Alana Kerr Collins. I liked the considered pacing, which gently drew you in. But, I do wish there had been a little more variety in the tone, it was just a bit samey. I’d definitely recommend you listen to a good sample length to see if it works for you, before plumping for the audiobook version.
That said, I have downloaded the second book with the same narrator so I’m happy enough to give her another go.