The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon


Our Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

This has been the big new fabulous sci-fi to emerge this year out of Britain. The Bone Season is set in 2059 where the Rephaim have arrived two centuries previously after the then prime minister unleashed a tear in the heavens releasing both them- an mythical eternal race that treat humans like chattel, but nevertheless protect them from far darker and more savage forces still. Britain has become a repressive locked down police state. Young Paige Mahoney- a human- is a voyant. She possesses extra sensory abilities to enter people’s minds, to twist and enter their dreamscape and potentially sent them to the brink of madness and beyond. To escape both the Rephaim and the police she disappears from civilised society- dropping out of school and joins Jaxon Halls gang of voyants- who although a complete sociopath, under his care, they all survive and live their own way, by their own rules. However the novel really takes off when she is captured by the outer-worldly Rephaim and comes under the exclusive tutorage of the most masterly powerful and fearsome Rephaim of them all, Arcturus. With complicated politics, Hebrew references and a glossary of terms that can’t be goggled, this is very grown up version of The Hunger Games’ Due to be part of a seven book series, The Bone Season will leave you utterly wishing for more.

Review by Nicole Maher @ Great Escape Books