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The Mime Order: The Bone Season Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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“An intoxicating urban-fantasy series . . . Shannon's haunting dystopian universe is rich in detail, consistent, suffused with familiar afternotes . . . Like Paige Mahoney, Shannon now has proven staying power. Her fans will be calling for more.” ―NPR.org
“A gripping sequel.” ―US Weekly
“While Bone Season was filled with action and exposition . . . betrayal and political intrigue take over in the excellent Mime Order . . . With the Unnatural Assembly and its colorful gangsters, Shannon goes full Scorsese . . . Tussling with poltergeists, showing her heroic mettle and even playing homicide detective, Paige makes great strides as a memorable character, and so does her author. If anyone was wondering how Shannon would stretch this story into seven books, the gut punch of the last line in The Mime Order will instead have them on tenterhooks for the next five.” ―USA Today
“Shannon creates vividly dilapidated, macabre, and mysterious worlds both urban and within the dreamscapes Paige valiantly enters. The motley, elaborately costumed characters are compelling; the nonstop, often eerie action is riveting. And the story reverberates with echoes of the slave trade, industrial servitude, and classic gangster drama, all intensified by keenly imagined otherworldly combat. A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come . . . as Shannon's exceptional fantasy saga continues.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Full of the action, turns, and surprising revelations that readers have come to expect from Shannon, this new installment ends on a wholly unexpected twist.” ―Library Journal
“Shannon's world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“With a unique plot, impeccable world-building and important character connections, The Mime Order outshines its predecessor and becomes an intelligent, adventurous read.” ―Deseret News
“[The Mime Order] boasts all of the suspense, intrigue and mystery of the first volume as well as an addictive storyline that will leave readers clamoring for the next chapters in Paige's ever-intensifying life . . . This deft effort to build on the complex world she constructed in the first installment will solidify the series' rightful place among the best of fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian fiction.” ―Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and studied English language and literature at St. Anne's College, Oxford. The Bone Season, the first novel in her seven-book series, was a TODAY Book Club pick and rights were sold in twenty-eight countries. Film rights were sold to 20th Century Fox.
Follow Samantha on Twitter: @say_shannon; and on her blog: www.samantha-shannon.blogspot.com
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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.
The story takes place in a parallel universe, where "paranormals" have been outed, categorized and villainized as diseased misfits. As you read the first novel, you find out the truth. We suspected those with supernatural abilities were not truly villains, but you could never guess what the real truth is. Our hardened herione also has some interesting, and romantic depths. Well-written, exciting adventure, somewhere between fantasy and scifi; definitely worth reading.
Update: read again right before the third book came out and I still loved it. Reading it makes me happy, excited, nervous, frustrated, and angry. And I love every second of feeling that way. I want everyone to love this series like I do, because I want them to experience the same joy as me from reading it. I can't wait to read book #3!!
Shannon's second book of the Bone Season series is an excellent sequel. Not at all formulaic in terms of plot structure. The story has grown in scope while at the same time, focusing on one particular part of the overall book world - the syndicate.
Paige has escaped Sheol I but finds herself the most wanted criminal in London, as well as the target of the Raphiam leader. Warden is no where to be found, leaving her survival riding on Jaxson Hall and his crew, but the relative safety the mime lord can provide comes at a cost -- she cannot reveal what she knows of Scion's connection with the Rephaim or even talk of their existence.
The novel takes the reader deep into the syndicate, revealing it's twisted politics and customs while fleshing out the world of the Voyants. Paige learns more of her abilities, allies with new characters, and must decide where her loyalty lies all complicated by the fact that Paige lives in a world where hiding who you are is standard practice yet she has to take risks if she is to bring to light the horrors of the Raphaim collusion with Scion. The world of this novel is excellently painted for the reader and the characters are, for the most part, well rounded. While not filled with surprising plot twists, the novel still provides plenty of turns and conflict, and ends with enough of a twist to have me wishing the next book were finished already.
The only issue I had with the book was the pacing in the first third - it was uneven and dragged at times. Shannon's world is fascinating and the plot, intriguing. She does an excellent job at describing both the Voyant gifts, and the seedy criminal underworld. It contrasts so well with the world of the Rephaim and Sheol I in the first book. I look forward to seeing more of Scion, and those worlds all interacting.