The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

Original book title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Modernista , 496 pages
Language: Swedish
Original language: English
Year of publication:  2013

This is a complicated dystopia about a world where people with psychic power is classified as a national treason. This is the first book of seven by Samantha Shannon.

The reader gets to know Paige, a psychic, who works in the criminal underworld in Scion London. Her job is to seek information by breaking into other people’s psyche. But when Paige is arrested and imprisoned, she meets a force that is even scarier than Scion.

At first, I was incredibly confused. Shannon has built up a whole world where there are different “classes” of psychics with different abilities and different names. It’s hard to keep up with all the names and Shannon is unable to communicate the world she has built up in an easy way, in my opinion. Despite the confusion, this is a very exciting book with interesting characters.

Before I begin praising this book, I must be clear to say that there are several shortcomings in the story. One thing that disturbs me in the book is the typical romance that emerges. The male main character is a stereotype of all male characters ever made. You know, strong, sexy and very good, but misunderstood man who wants nothing more than to save the girl. The main character Paige is strong, brave and tough, but she also falls into the stereotypical trap. The readers can see their love coming from their first meeting even if the characters themselves don’t. This makes the story a bit predictable. In spite of the typical romance and stereotypes of characters, this is a great page-turner. Shannon has created a unique world with several interesting entrances that make me as a reader very curious.

This is a series I will definitely continue reading even though I have to wait for several years before the whole series is finished.

If you like dystopian, YA and romance, this is a book for you. Just be prepared to get confused at the beginning, but hang in there, it gets better.


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