The Mime Order (The Bone Season) Paperback – January 1, 2015
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We pick up right where The Bone Season (TBS) left us so there is no need to guess what happened between where one left off and the other one picked up. The downside? TMO had 501 pages that could have been full of epic battles, adventurous endeavors, lots of Warden/Paige action...but it fell flat. I get that TMO takes place in London while TBS took place at Sheol I but, do we really need 300+ pages of world building to get anywhere?
ALL IN ALL
-Paige is still a bad ass, if not more. Granted, she could have stood up for herself on more than one occasion (take for instance that one time when Hector and his gang jump her in the middle of town and she just stands there) but given the situations she got herself into I wouldn't have faired any better than she did. So...I cannot be so harsh on her for this.
- Warden is still, well, Warden (and they say that women are complicated). Wish we had seen more of him though. He has two scenes with Paige (the two of them alone) and that is about it. Warden and Paige were the reason why I decided to read TMO and I was left wanting more. I need more!
- The new characters were OK but we really don't see much of them. I hope we get to see more of Ivy, Danica, Nick, Eliza, Nell, Jos, Wynn, and the Ranthen in the following books. I want Ivy to become something BIG! She needs to be stronger and an ally to Paige. They could be totally badass together!
-Jaxon is still Jaxon. Well, Jaxon became what Jaxon would be if he had absorbed the powers and ego of his evil twin...does that make sense?
That is the badass Paige I know she can be! The ending was great...sadly it took only 450 pages to get there!
I know that the series will amount to something big, I can feel it. But... If there is something I cannot deal with when reading is a slow paced story. Yeah, I get that there needs to be character development and world building but it needn't be that slow. Give me some battles in between, make me want to keep reading through the information dump. Make me want more. The Mime Order shouldn't have taken me so long to read!
And if this is any indiction to what the next 5 books will feel like....I don't know if I will be finishing this series at all. And that is very disappointing as I had great hopes for it!
I liked this much better than The Bone Season. There seemed to be a clearer plot line and things move along at a little better pace. But it is still slightly slow in places to the point I almost started skimming and there is a ton of world building still happening that might have got a little bogged down with details.
Paige is growing on me but the majority of the reason I don't totally love this book is her. She is young and growing but for some of this I think she is so naive and makes choices that I clearly see will get others killed later. However by the end of this book I was totally starting to really like her character a lot more and maybe she is actually learning from the mistakes she made.
Warden is still my favorite character and I find him to possibly be the most interesting character in the book. I really want to know more about him and some of the dynamics of the Rathem. Jaxon is another mystery character that while I hate him, he does fill the page well and I'm not sure just how cruel he could be.
The Ending was fantastic though and I loved the reveal at the end. I had my suspicions but it still had a nice punch to it when it all played out.
I was captivated and enthralled from the get go, this series goes from strength to strength, the anticipation, sense of tension and fear for the fate of these characters just adds another dimension to this world and story we find ourselves absorbed in.
It's hard to write a review for this book without accidentally posting spoilers so I'm going to do a very short overview, Paige has escaped the penal colony Sheol 1 and is set on taking down the Rephaite leader Nashira, she is also the most wanted person in all of London, with the fate of Warden unknown, the murder of the Underlord Hector and the fight that will see a new leader crowned there is never a dull moment.
This is an epic series that I can't get enough of, thank goodness it's going to be seven books long!
I ship Paige and Warden so bad, if these two aren't a couple by the time that this series concludes I'll be inconsolable, although I think that us readers will be tortured with this will they/won't they relationship for the next five books.
I really can't say enough about how amazing, fantastic and utterly wonderful this book and series is, everybody needs to check this series out themselves, you won't be sorry.
I eagerly anticipate book three, bring it on!
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I love the world building of the Bone Season series. It's a brilliant dystopia rooted in the corruption and problems we face in current society but with a clairvoyant twist, and every time I learn more about this world I want even more of it.
It's not just the world that keeps me gripped though, the characters are also brilliant. Paige is fascinating because she is strong and fights for what she believes in but she's also flawed and fragile. She's a 19 year old woman thrown into an impossible situation, after a life of being afraid and hunted. She once believed the Syndicate was better than she now knows, and she made past mistakes with who to trust and was a cog in a vile machine. I loved watching her grow and change and break away from the corruption, and realize that she has the power to do great things. It's hard for her to come to terms with, and I like that Shannon didn't shy away from showing us that. Paige's romance with Warden is also brilliant, because they're on the same side, but this isn't a case of "love will fix everything" because here, reality is too harsh to allow for fantasies of being hapoy together with no issues. Paige and Warden have more at stake than their feelings and I can't wait to see how they progress. Warden is one of my absolute favourite characters because though he seemed so strong when we met him in The Bone Season, he was also just a prisoner of Nashira, used and abused by a system he wants to overthrow, and that makes the dynamic he has wirh Paige more interesting.
Jaxon Hall is another character that really makes this series. I love reading about him as much as I hate him. He's manipulative and awful and stands for so much of what is wrong with Scion, despite supposedly being against them. He's one of my favourites, because he doesn't think he's a villain, and he everything he does is because it benefits him, and that makes him terrifying.
There are also a whole host of amazing side characters, who I cant wait to see more of, namely the rest of the Seals, and I am excited to know what comes next for them after the events and changes that happened in this book.
There was a lot of stuff going on in The Mime Order, a lot of shocking twists, turns, revelations and hints, and with 5 more books to go, I would imagine that the revelations will get more shocking as time goes on! I was really surprised by so many of the events, and I really didn't see some of it coming, and I love that I can't predict what will happen next, making this series a new favourite of mine.
So Paige goes back to Jaxon and they prepare to fight in a bid to become Underlord and Paige is also secretly planning to get the word out about the existence of the Rephaim. The lovely Warden returns (yayyyy) and their relationship is confusing as ever.
I just love this writing and this world - I came to understand it more than I did in The Bone Season which helped with immersing myself further into the story. The only thing I will say is when on earth does Paige sleep?! At one point I was sure she had been awake for more than 24 hours and didn't seem bothered...
Anyway I just couldn't believe the actions of one character in this book - I thought they were a bit dark and god did it show near the end! But then that last page OMG it was insane and brilliant and amazing. Love it!!
Paige has escaped Sheol-I and is back in London but Nashira, the blood-heir of the Rephaim, will do everything in her power to get Paige back in her clutches, including making her the most wanted person in London.
Paige is determined to stop Nashira and her plans to create more penal colonies like Sheol-I in other countries, but how can she get the mime-lords and mime-queens to work together?
I thoroughly enjoyed The Mime Order.
The pacing was better than The Bone Season and there were a lot of twists and turns, many that I didn't see coming (especially that ending!).
Paige has got to be one of my favourite protagonists ever - she's strong and determined but she's not perfect (who is?). It was interesting to see how she coped in the various situations she was thrown into and I enjoyed reading as she grew as a person and learned more about her powers.
One of my favourite things about this series is that the romance isn't thrust into the forefront - Paige doesn't try to examine her feelings for Warden all the time and I like how it's written quite subtly. It's a sweet, quiet romance and I really like seeing Paige and Warden interact.
I loved getting to see Paige as her role as mollisher to her mime-lord Jaxon Hall and reading as she worked with the other Seven Seals.
The Scion London that Samantha Shannon has created is very well thought out and I loved finding out more about the other cohorts.
Overall this was a very enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend.
Really liked expanding on the London Shannon has created and I read a bit coming home from the train from Camden so that made it fun for me. The world building seemed more natural then just being showered with information which I think some readers felt let the first novel down.
This picks straight up from where the last one left off then takes us back to London and through all the districts, we get to see the other Mime Lords and the conflicts among the clairvoyants. There are a whole bunch of interesting characters to meet, and we get to see Jaxon again, who's very well written and intriguing, he gets under my skin, I'm glad we get to see more of him.
I liked the pace of this book, theres a few twists through the end and I just had to keep reading. I wish Warden had been around a bit more but at the same time it was good to have Paige doing her thing with her own group. My only critique is that she tends to come across as so fearless and impulsive sometimes bursting into situations without a second thought, her bravery and guts seems too much for me sometimes, however it's good to read about a character who can defend themselves and isn't a "damsel in distress". It does make me wonder how much she can take.. you go girl!