Series: Scion #1
Published by Bloomsbury on August 20, 2013
Genres: adult, dystopian, fantasy, magic, new adult, post apocalyptic, young adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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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.
This book…*shakes head*…I feel terribly guilty about having to write this review since I’ve come to know and really like the author…but there’s one thing I cannot do when it comes to my reviews and that is lie. I hope that Samantha doesn’t read this review, but if she does I hope she will not let it affect our budding friendship. Because while I think she is a talented author and wonderful person…
I didn’t really enjoy this book.
There, I said it. Continuing in the vein of honesty, I really don’t understand why the story is being touted as “highly original” because to me, it wasn’t. It was all too reminiscent of other YA novels I’ve read over the years, and even recently (Shadow and Bone, anyone? How about Daughter of Smoke and Bone?). But where somebody’s marketing team really screwed up was by claiming this series is “the next Harry Potter“. Just because the author is young and British and the series (somehow) managed to score a seven-book deal doesn’t mean it’s automatically the next HP. When I hear HP, I expect HP quality and, to date, there’s only been on series I’ve read that even began to approach that greatness: the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin.
But I don’t want this review to sound like a bash-fest. I didn’t HATE The Bone Season. At the end of the day, it was an enjoyable read. The story is set in London, 2059. In this world there are two types of people: clairvoyants and amaurotics. Amaurotics are your normal, everyday, boring “humans”. The clairvoyants are also human, however they possess special talents that set them apart, such as the ability to break into others’ minds, see flashes of the future, etc. These differences make them outcasts among their fellow humans – no surprise there, right? We fear and hate what we don’t understand, and envy what we don’t have. As such, clairvoyants are treated like criminals; hunted, imprisoned, and even killed. Paige Mahoney is one such clairvoyant, albeit one with a very rare and special ability: she’s a dreamwalker, meaning she can root through people’s minds for information. Paige has managed to survive by maintaining her cover as an oxygen bar waitress and taking refuge in the London underground crime ring. She works for Jaxon Hall, possibly the most notorious mime-lord of the London districts. Jaxon is unable to protect her, however, when a normal day suddenly turns into a fight for her life. Paige is forced to reveal her clairvoyant nature which leads to her being chased down, captured, and transported to the “rehabilitation camp” known as Sheol 1. Sheol 1 is overseen by an alien race known as the Raephaim, a mysterious and often brutal group whose intentions, Paige comes to find, are not at all what they appear to be. During her time there, Paige meets Warden, a Rephaim who is even more mysterious than the others; one who deals fairly with her and carries a world of secrets that Paige is almost as determined to discover as she is to escape.
I really liked Paige’s character – she was a very strong, kickass heroine that I couldn’t help but admire for her tenacity and perseverance. I also liked her (sometimes foolish) stubbornness. She is a woman after my own heart in a lot of ways – unwilling to yield when others would have just surrendered to what they thought was their fate. And Warden. Oh Lord, I can’t talk about Warden without giving away everything good about the story but let me just say that his interactions with Paige later in the book will have you drowning in ALL THE FEELS. Normally I would not make continuing a story that I found so lackluster a priority, but I’m looking forward to reading book two of this series if for nothing more than to see what happens with Warden.
Interesting note: I didn’t realize this until just yesterday, but apparently Bloomsbury has this book listed as adult. I personally thought it fit in with other YA novels I’ve read but I could also see it being categorized as new adult (as much as I hate that term). Currently NA is over-saturated with bad contemporary stories, but The Bone Season would make a perfect segue away from that phenomenon.
The world-building is intricate (almost too much so) and the characters are intriguing. There’s plenty to like about The Bone Season, but the one thing I would caution anyone who hasn’t read it yet:
REMOVE THE IDEA OF THIS BEING LIKE/THE NEXT HARRY POTTER FROM YOUR MIND.
It will save you a bit of heartache, I promise. I think if I hadn’t read/heard all the hype before reading the book, I would have enjoyed it more but as it were, I’m going with: