Word is Samantha Shannon is the next J.K. Rowling. I have to admit, I did not want to like the Bone Season; who could live up to Rowling? But I caved, I read it, and I LOVED it. I can’t stop thinking about it. As my fellow booksellers pointed out, I haven’t felt this sense of anticipation for a series since Harry Potter.
Paige is a 22-year-old “dreamwalker” (she can jump into the “dreamscape” of someone else’s subconscious) in 2059 dystopian England, where all forms of clairvoyance are prohibited and use of one’s powers, especially for financial gain, are strictly illegal and punishable by death. Paige flouts the laws, creating a name and reputation for herself in the underworld of “voyants.”
There is a lot of lingo to get used to, but Shannon puts it all in context so it’s not particularly hard to keep up. There’s also a glossary in the back, just in case.
The other members of Paige’s gang are an interesting variety - very colorful, a bit mysterious. I’m hoping we get to know them better in the future.
There’s so much to tell but I think it’s better going in without the background, so I’ll sum up. Paige gets captured pretty early on, we meet a lot of other voyants, learn about the history of clairvoyance and where it appears to be heading. Shannon neatly concludes this first part and sets us up for the future, whatever epicness that may hold.
The writing is very good, in that it’s not really noticeable: natural dialogue, descriptive descriptions, well rounded characters, all that stuff. Most importantly - characters I care about (Paige kicks ass) and a GRIPPING plot line. Shannon whisks readers into a different reality: it’s recognizable enough that you won’t feel alienated, and strange enough to provide an escape. I found myself wondering who I’d be in Shannon’s world.
Read it! ~ Reviewed by Amelia Stymacks