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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Season

Bibliogato, June 14, 2013

The Bone Season is the first in a planned seven-part series from a startlingly talented young author from England. While The Bone Season had its clear shortcomings--namely the worldbuilding at parts was scattered and disorganized and the overall plot trended toward the formulaic--the story itself is intensely compelling. The main character, Paige, is well realized and well written. She's easy to relate to and should connect with many readers, both male and female, with her tenacity, stubbornness, and street smarts. She's fiercely loyal, even of people who haven't been the kindest to her, and certainly has her shortcomings. The tension builds steadily and the overall conflict is solid and true. I'll try not to say anymore for fear of spoilers!

The Bone Season is one part alternate history, one part urban fantasy, and one part dystopia without sacrificing itself on any of those genres. It should be a hit with people who enjoyed The Hunger Games, Neverwhere, and/or Wicked Lovely. It's a book about choices, loyalties, and sacrifices. Despite its shortcomings, it's definitely worth the read and I'll be eagerly looking forward to the rest of the series.

This review was based off of an ARC received at BEA 2013. No one paid me for, or requested, my review of this ARC. My comments are honestly and freely given.

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