EVEN A DREAMER CAN START A REVOLUTION Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing The New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller also includes an exclusive excerpt of the sequel, The Mime Order.
An impressively memorable dystopian fantasy debut.
It is a bleak 2059 in Samantha Shannon’s London. There is a fascinating order of clairvoyants who make up the underworld and gangs in and around the city. High treason is routinely committed by breaking into people’s minds or dreamscapes. It’s complicated and intellectually stimulating and it’s mesmerizing.
That said, I’ll make an admission: I didn’t like The Bone Season when I first picked it up to read. Then I went to the library and borrowed the audio book – and then I let my imagination be taken over by this wonderfully unique fantasy.
Author Samantha Shannon has built a richly detailed alternative dystopian future where an alien race – the Rephiam – have been pulling governmental strings for nearly 200 years. The concept is chilling, knowing, as The Bone Season‘s characters learn, that their city and country have been infiltrated and operated by an otherworldly royal family of sorts.
Regardless of the daunting projection of this being the first in a seven book series, it’s an excellent read, or, you know, listen. A touch of history, a smattering of mythology, loads of action and intrigue, all mixed with the drama of unrequited love and the complexities that come along with friendships and relationships that simply break all the rules. Narrator Paige Mahoney is fantastically and so relateably flawed. I wanted everything to work for her and my heart pounded along with hers when she found herself in danger. I raged with her when she was betrayed. I cried with her when she just wanted to be seen.
I admire the intelligence of this book; it’s smart and brainy but accessible at the same time.