Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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The Bone Season

by Samantha Shannon

Rating: 3/5 Stars

     Set in an alternative future London, The Bone Season follows Paige Mahoney who works for a street lord named Jaxon by discovering other people’s secrets.  Discretion is Paige’s biggest ally, not only for the sake of her job, but also because she commits treason just by existing.  Paige is a clairvoyant, who is able to see into people’s dreams to gain information.  In this world, the government hunts these people down and they disappear from society.  At the start of the novel, Paige is captured and taken to an abandoned part of the city, where she is assigned a Warden.  The Wardens are an alien race who control the human government and enslave those with extra abilities.  Paige must use her training and instinct to learn as much as she can about these people so that she can make her escape.

Review: So I picked up this book when I was participating in TBR Takedown 3.0 and trying to complete my reading outside my comfort zone challenge.  The Bone Season definitely fit into this category.  I’m not even sure what genre this novel fits into, it seems part dystopian, part sci-fi, part something else altogether.  Needless to say, I was very wary, going into it.

That being said, I was pleasantly surprised.  While at times I might have gotten lost in the specialized language, for the most part I was engaged and excited to see what happened to Paige next.  Because this book fits into so many different genres for me, it also brought several different experiences to the reader.  There is the mystery of discovering who this alien race is and what their purpose is.  There is a very slow-burning romance that kept my interest when other parts dragged.  The reader gets to see the inner workings of how Paige’s powers work, which was really interesting.

Because it was out of my comfort zone, this was an entertaining read but I don’t feel the need to rush out and read the sequel.  Overall, I do want to keep reading this series, but its one that I will probably read over several years, when I’m looking to read something different than my norm.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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These Broken Stars

By Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

This sci/fi novel surrounds two teenagers who come from very different backgrounds.  Lilac is a rich high society girl and daughter to the wealthiest and most powerful man in the universe, while Tarver is a war hero from a poor family who came from the outskirts of the universe.  Tarver and Lilac are traveling on the same space ship together and end up in the same escape pod when the ship malfunctions and crashes.

Being the only survivors on a very unfamiliar planet, Lilac must depend on Tarver to keep them safe despite the rocky start to their relationship.  Both characters have preconceived and judgmental opinions of the other, but neither can deny the strength and perseverance of the other as doubt creeps in as to whether they will ever be rescued.  They also begin to discover clues as they move through the wreckage that reveals a seediness about some of the people they once knew.  As the characters work together it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems and the society they were familiar with has a much darker underbelly then they could have imagine.

Review:  I found These Broken Stars to be an okay book.  I was definitely entertained but I wasn’t especially invested in these characters or the plot.  I think if the plot about the corruption that exists in Lilac and Tarver’s society had been given a little bit more attention I would have found this book more interesting.  However, it felt more like something that was just tacked on the end of the novel or mentioned vaguely sporadically and wasn’t really enough to make me want to continue with this series.