I surprised myself when I picked up this book, The Bone Season: A Novel, by Samantha Shannon. I typically like historical fiction or crime novels…not science fiction.
But then…I am a Star Wars fan. I took the kids to all the Harry Potter movies and didn’t hate it. I am a big Hunger Games fan….does that mean I like science fiction?? I don’t know.
Anyway, I listen to this as an audio book and very much enjoyed it. The book seems to be some type of cross between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games…maybe that’s why I like it. It is written in first person so that is always a HUGE draw for me.
The author is a young writer, in her twenties, and has six more books in the series planned. That is definitely all right with me as I am guessing I’ll read them all. I have searched on line to see if there is a date for the next book to come out but found nothing. Movie rights have been sold so…I’ll probably be in line for that too.
Here’s what Amazon has to say 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.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.”
As with any book that features a “different world”, it did take me a bit to understand the governing structure. Keeping track of hierarchy and what type of voyant had more power was a bit of a challenge but it was all do-able and all good.
I’ll we watching for the next book in the series and I will be reading it.