The Bone Season by Samanatha Shannon got a lot of hype and in my humble opinion it was undeserved. The book was good, but just good. Not amazing, not wonderful, not unforgettable, etc. In others words – it was okay. The book is worth reading, but should not be at the top of your “To-read” list.
The protagonist of The Bone Season is Paige Mahoney, a top-level and rare-type of clairvoyant. She is part of a gang of clairvoyants controlled by mime-lord Jaxon Hall, in a time (2059) when being a clairvoyant is frowned upon (to say the least). Returning home one day, Paige is threatened with exposure or worse and kills a security agent with her powers. She is captured and taken to the penal colony of Sheol.
Sheol is controlled by a race called the Rephaim and Paige becomes the pawn in a political battle within Sheol and the larger world to some extent. Let’s also not forget about the Emim, the mortal enemy of the Rephaim. Samantha Shannon’s Emim carry a sound of their own – buzzing.
If you are a regular reader of dystopian fiction, definitely read The Bone Season. If you are not a regular reader of dystopian fiction, my pick for you would be Justin Cronin’s book The Passage. I much prefer Cronin’s work over Shannon’s, but do applaud the author of The Bone Season for a good book and I may take in the sequel if and when it happens. It depends on what else is on my “To-read” list at the time.
Book Details: Published by Bloomsbury USA (August 20, 2013), 480 pages, ISBN: 978-1620401392.