1. Sarah, 31, is a hard working but caring single mother. Life has been tough since the mysterious disappearance of her husband three years ago.
2. Jessica, 22, is a whore. She trawls the streets, searching for her next customer, or somewhere to stay for the night. She loves the attention men give her, since her father was never around.
3. Lucy, 36, spends most of her time at the gay-bar in town, sleeping with as many women as possible. She's despised men ever since she was abused as a child by a family friend.
4. Rachel, 19, is plagued with visions of other people lives. Painting the scenes in her head is the only thing that brings her peace. Wheelchair bound, her artistic outlet is the only stress relief she has.
5. Amanda, who lies about her age, is dangerous. No emotion, or empathy, she is disconnected from the world around her. However, she has a acute sense of what is right and wrong - and she will punish those who do wrong.
5 unique women, who have never met, nor even heard of each other. Each one more different than the last. But they have something in common.
Can you figure out what it is?
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.
I received this novel from Bloomsbury's Australian marketing team a few months ahead of the official release date. They gifted the book to me so I could read and review it (and hopefully say something positive about it to my twitter following.)
Unfortunately, I find myself sorely disappointed, and I must confess that I feel terrible for posting this review. However, I promised I would review it, so here it is.
I understand that other people may love this book. Good for you. I love it when people love a book. However, I'm simply stating that this book WASN'T FOR ME. I am entitled to my opinion, as are you.
True, it really is a great accomplishment for Samantha to be published at age twenty-one. Congratulations to you. I can see that you put a lot of effort into your debut novel. However, I think it was a very big mistake for Bloomsbury's marketing team to pen you as 'The New J.K Rowling'. They also say things like: "The first of the Harry Potter Generation" and things like that. Now, this really irks me because I am a Harry Potter FANATIC. You know those crazy people who get tattoo's from Harry Potter? Yeah. That's me.
Samantha Shannon writes with none of the charm and intelligence of Ms. Rowling. Perhaps in time she will reach her level of witticism, but today is not that day.
The highlighted reviews say: "a seven-part series of dizzying imagination," but it's more like dizzying confusion. This novel is crammed full of so much useless information. Honestly, I found myself overwhelmed within the first few pages. Made-up words, and references that are never explained. It's information overload. I had to keep checking the front of the book, or the page before to make sure I hadn't missed some vital piece of information. Some made-up words and phrases are never explained, leaving you confused. I'm still not entirely sure how clairvoyants work, or why.
The information-overload aside, I found the storyline to be slow paced and rather boring. It didn't feel unique. Not only that, but I found it hard to care for any of the characters. They were one dimensional. Sorry.
I thought that this novel was going to be jam packed full of science-fiction/fantasy (What with it being compared to J.K Rowling) but the fantasy/Sci-Fi aspect was really lacking in my opinion. It wasn't epic, or magical, or any of that stuff. The Bone Season certainly wasn't a high-fantasy or epic sci-fi. In fact, it was quite mundane.
Around half way through the book I wanted to put it down and never pick it up again because I was bored out of my mind, and I wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to continue for another 6 books.
I remember reading Harry Potter for the first time when I was 10 years old. Once I'd finished reading it, I was left in a state of shock and awe for weeks afterwards. Perhaps my standards are too high. Or maybe I'm not 'smart enough' to understand The Bone Season. Regardless, I was bored. There was nothing new, shocking or exciting in this novel.