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Dystopian YA Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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9.5/10

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 The Bone Season is freaking gorgeous, ladies and gents. I can safely and with great pleasure say that my appetite for YA dystopia is now restored.

Samantha Shannon has this absolutely wonderful and carefully crafted, believable vision of the world Paige lives in, not only because this world had a chance to develop within 200 years but because it's a living, breathing and teaming with emotions mechanism.

However it's the strength of its characters which captivates our hearts. 



Scion is England which 200 years ago started killing off its clairvoyants, and by mid-twenty first century this big dictatorial machine runs well and runs very smoothly. Clairvoyants are detected early on and given a death penalty, the other two choices are to join the machine and work on catching their own kind or go deep underground and work for the criminal families of London.

Paige at the age of sixteen chose the latter. She works for one of the biggest criminal lords of the city, - Jax, by invading the dreamscapes of people he wants to watch. She is one of the rarest types of voyants - a dreamwalker.

When she is snatched after seemingly random stop-check on the train, she finds out that very few voyants actually die at the hands of Scion. Instead they are transported into a super-secret penal colony in Oxford, - Sheol I and given into the hands of cruel, alien, aetheric creatures Rephaim who craft them into fighters and general cannon fodder against creatures of darkness who feed on aether and human flesh.

Paige is suspected to be a rare voyant and chosen by the ruler to be trained by her blood-consort, however Paige's Warden has very different plans for her and trains her accordingly...

This book starts pretty slow but as soon as Paige gets into Sheol things pick up and turn into an exhilarating ride. The Rephaites are very sadistic and violent creatures, and there are a lot of brutal scenes in The Bone Season. At the same time, humans are shown in a great variety of characters. The author revels in their resilience and spirit but she also shows the psychology of those who accept their fate and fully cooperate with aliens.

Paige herself is an angry, distrustful and street-savvy fighter, who is very loyal to friends she left behind in London and who keeps her secrets close to her heart.

Warden, her trainer is also shown as a very complex personality, and their constant battle of wills slowly turns into a friendship based on mutual interests, and much later into a spark of something more intimate.

I reveled in this book, folks. It was vibrant, fast-paced and compelling. I strongly recommend it and cannot wait to read the continuation of this marvelous series.


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Просто совершенно шикарная книга, которая снова разбудила во мне апетит к подростковой дистопии, а то после нескольких кошмарных новинок в этом жанре, я эксперементировать с ним ну никак не хотела.

Сезон Костей описывает очень яркий, потрясающий и главное вполне возможный мир, на развитие которого ушло 200 лет.  Англия (а теперь Сион) стала убивать ясновидящих с викторианского периода, и за два столетития страна свой стиль только отточила.

В середине 21 века ясновидящих ловят в детстве или подростковом возрасте и приговаривают к смертной казни. У тех, кто такой участи хочет избежать есть два выбора: присоединиться к государственной службе и ловить таких же ясновидящих как они по приказу Сиона или уйти глубоко в подполье и служить криминальным лордам города.

Пэйдж выбрала вторую участь в 16 лет и вот уже несколько лет работает на одного из них, Джакса, изучая сновидения и мечты людей, за которыми он шпионит. Только вот случайная проверка поезда на котором она находится, высвечивает её как ясновидящую, и её ловят.

Однако вместо казни Пэйдж попадает в секретную тюремную колонию в Оксфорде, где обитают инопланетные существа, состоящие из эфира - Рефаиты. Они тренируют видящих как армию против тёмных существ, проникающих в наш мир через трещины в эфире и питающихся нашей энергией и человеческим мясом.

Правительница колонии Шеол Один подозревает, что Пэйдж обладает редким даром хождения по снам и связана с криминальным миром Лондона и присуждает ей своего консорта-крови, Уордена в качестве тренера.

Однако у Уордена свои планы на Пэйдж, и только медленное, возникающее между ними доверие и робкая дружба эти планы для неё раскроют.

В Сезоне Костей не только построение мира изумительно, автор наполняет книгу живыми, блестящими персонажами, которыми нельзя не восхищаться. Рефаиты нарисованы как бездушные, садистские существа, которые способны на экстремальные вспышки насилия, и в то же время каждый из них вопронимается как личность. То же самое происходит с людьми, вынужденными выживать в тяжелейших условиях Шеола. Автор показывает как они разделяются на тех, кто покоряется и принимает Рефаитов и тех, кто продолжает им сопротивляться, и их причины для такого разного поведения.

В общем, книга прекрасная, безумно рекомендую несмотря на немного слабоватое начало, и очень жду продложения. Читайте!




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