Wednesday 19 March 2014

Guest Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon has published her debut book called The Bone Season and I can only hope that it is the first of many.  Set in a dystopian future in the year 2059, we follow the story of Paige Mahoney, a nineteen year old girl on who works in Seven Dials.  Paige is no ordinary girl though, she has a special talent, one that has given her work in the criminal underword of Scion.  

Paige is clairvoyant, a gift some might some, but for the government of Scion, this is classed as treason.  The sheer fact that Paige is alive, is reason for her detainment by the authorities and it is one of the things she fears.  

Life as she knows it is altered in ways she could never imagine when she is hunted down and kidnapped.  Taken to a secretive Oxford she is greeted with what can only be described as a terrifying and unfamilliar sight, she is plunged into a fight for her life and that of her fellow captives.

Without wanting to give too much away, I will say that Shannon takes the reader on a completely new journey, like none I have been a part of before in all my years of reading.  The heroine is fierce and unforgiving, challenged with and pitted against a set of circumstances that is both familiar and completely unique at the same time.  This conflict makes for some of the most incrediblly vivid and exciting scenes to leap from the page of a book in years.

Shannon articulates and paints the story around your imagination, placing you in the center of a battle you will have never witnessed before.  A world is laid out before you, with maps and hierarchies to help you make sense of the complex nature of the story as it unfolds.

All in all, I can not recommend this book highly enough.  If you like a good dystopian piece of fiction, but are looking for something you have never encountered before, then read The Bone Season, you wont find disappoint on a single page of the book!

This was a guest review by Erika from Eclectic Enchantments - please do pop over to her blog and say hi!

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