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The Bone Season

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

32 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

First off, The Bone Season takes commitment. Go ahead and block

First off, The Bone Season takes commitment. Go ahead and block some time out in your schedule right now to devour this novel. Please don't go in thinking you can just breeze through, skim, speed-read, or any other techniques you might use to quickly finish a book. The ...
First off, The Bone Season takes commitment. Go ahead and block some time out in your schedule right now to devour this novel. Please don't go in thinking you can just breeze through, skim, speed-read, or any other techniques you might use to quickly finish a book. The Bone Season has maps, glossaries and appendices, people!

In all honesty, I started The Bone Season a couple of times, testing the water (if you will) before I dove right in. I had flashbacks to Mr. George R.R. Martin and a little series you might have heard of called A Song of Ice and Fire. With the memories of my near-obsession still fresh, I knew The Bone Season was destined to be just the same: a book where I would have to pay attention, and think, and learn new things and one that would invade my dreams.

As with A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1), The Bone Season is the first book of an intended series (a seven book series, actually) and as such, has the unique problem of having to familiarize the reader with the world, the characters and the situation quickly. Some may call this an info-dump, but there's really no way around it.

So, we are thrown into the world of Scion, voyants, mime-lords, and dreamwalkers with an alarming alacrity. But, don't let that put you off, Steph's Stackers, you have to put your head down, use your glossary (you'll thank me for that tip later) and go with the flow. Trust is key here, all will be explained and revealed, just go with it.

So, our heroine, Paige, is a dreamwalker, a type of voyant that can reach out into other people's mind over fairly long distances. Her talent (and those of many others) is forbidden by law and it's lights out for her if she is busted using it. Will this stop our plucky heroine? Um, no - what would the fun be in that?

Paige, at the start of the novel is working for an underground mob-like organization that uses her talent (and the various skills of others like her) to make friends and influence people in nefarious ways. She and her cohorts are like a gang of Mafioso Mind Control X-Men led by an unscrupulous Charles Xavier.

Mini-spoiler alert! This dysfunctional and magical home away from home doesn't last forever (you knew it wouldn't, right?) and through a slip-up, Paige is shanghaied to a different world that is considerably more dangerous than her previous one.

So, just when you had been studying the map and glossary and you were, like: "Cool, I've totally got this whole thing down." Um, no you don't. The party just starting, friends! We are introduced to a new cast of complex characters (Rephaim and Emin and more, oh my!) and Paige's very life (and the lives of her friends) is at stake at every turn. Drama? Danger? Intrigue? Yep. Yep. Yep.

It is in Paige's time at Oxford (yes, that Oxford, but...not really) that the pace of The Bone Season cranks up from an 7 out of 10 to an 11. Why has she been conscripted to this voyant army? Who is really the enemy? Is she a jerk just for participating? She hates her master on principle, but he seems pretty cool, but that makes her a jerk again, right? Is this all like M. Night Shyamalan's crazy movie, The Village, and the Emin are really just people with sticks making noises in the night?

At this point, the payoff for all of your earlier head-scratching comes in. Through a series of flashbacks, we learn more about Paige's previous life and more about the origin of her abilities. It is here that you can see the promise of the future installments. Many story threads are delicately teased out making you wanting to know more.

I don't want to ruin it for you, but let me just say that plots are hatched, friendships are betrayed, alliances are made and broken, battles (small and large) are fought, kisses are kissed and lessons are learned...in the most amazing way.

The Bone Season has all of the hallmarks of the start to a great series and will be buzzed about for many years to come.

posted by KimballSK on August 22, 2013

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35 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

DNFed

I only read the sample.

Apparently, tons of blogs and everything else are saying how much they loved the book blahblah. I really can't understand why everyone loves this because, frankly, I'd rather be doing math than read this book, and it's not like I'm a math whizz ...
I only read the sample.

Apparently, tons of blogs and everything else are saying how much they loved the book blahblah. I really can't understand why everyone loves this because, frankly, I'd rather be doing math than read this book, and it's not like I'm a math whizz either. Actually, reading a sample of this book is a lot like doing a hard math problem, but at least with math it makes sense.

Sooo much of this book is so confusing, why even bother trying to figure it out when I really don't care? The story is way too random for me to care about. The only reason why I even tried is because of how hyped up it was -- even comparing the author to J.K. Rowling -- because, what? She has a seven book series? Because she's a British author? What? But it's not the author's fault that it was hyped up so much.

Anyway, I'm sure this will be a totally random review for most and that's fine with me. If you like it, cool with me. It's just not my kind of thing.

posted by 16956112 on July 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    DNFed

    I only read the sample.

    Apparently, tons of blogs and everything else are saying how much they loved the book blahblah. I really can't understand why everyone loves this because, frankly, I'd rather be doing math than read this book, and it's not like I'm a math whizz either. Actually, reading a sample of this book is a lot like doing a hard math problem, but at least with math it makes sense.

    Sooo much of this book is so confusing, why even bother trying to figure it out when I really don't care? The story is way too random for me to care about. The only reason why I even tried is because of how hyped up it was -- even comparing the author to J.K. Rowling -- because, what? She has a seven book series? Because she's a British author? What? But it's not the author's fault that it was hyped up so much.

    Anyway, I'm sure this will be a totally random review for most and that's fine with me. If you like it, cool with me. It's just not my kind of thing.

    35 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Half Way Through - will not finish

    Ugh! I fell for the hype! Cannot finish this book. It drags on and on...you get the picture. In theory, this book should have been right up my alley. I love sci-fi, futuristic stories.

    After spending 2 days trying to get into The Bone Season, I give up. Made it page 148 and that is all of my life that I am investing into this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Terrible book!

    I hated the concept of this book. It also seems like the author just kept writing after the story should have stopped.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    What.

    I can not understand why this book would be compaired to the jK Rowling series I downloaed the sample, and have no desire to keep reading so glad it was a free sample!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    wordy wandering

    She had a good story line, but she wonders around too much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    So not worth it!

    I couldn't believe I bought this book in hardcover, as it was a real waste of my time. I will read almost anything, but I won't be reading any more of this series. Boring and ridiculous.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    The story was very disjointed & didn't flow well. The charac

    The story was very disjointed & didn't flow well. The characters were superficial & lacked any depth. It was hard to believe this colony had existed for 200 years & yet a girl who had only been there months/weeks was allowed access to sensitive material & missions.
    It was hard to like the heroine when she blatantly placed her "friends" in dangerous situations & then was shocked that something bad happened to them I.e. Liss.

    The story read as a single installment & didn't intrigue me enough to be excited for 6 more books. I will pass on those.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    A Case of Mental Gymnastics

    Perhaps all the charts at the beginning of this book should have been my first clue. All the crazy names were simply mind boggling! I read about 16 pages and found the narrative to be very disjointed and the plot confusing. It's as if I needed to do research on this society before entering into it as a reader. It takes a lot for me to stop a book part way through -and with an English Lit degree I have read plenty! The premise seemed okay, but I was lost from the start.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    If I could leave less than 1 star for this book, I would.  This

    If I could leave less than 1 star for this book, I would.  This is by far the worst book I have ever read.  For those of you interested in possibly
    reading it, please take my advice.....don't!  No seriously.  While trying to read this book it felt like it was written by a middle school girl.  It
    was confusing, skin deep, didn't have any real flow to it, lacked character and plot development, had no depth, and it also lacked a real 
    back story.  The whole book to me just felt unpolished and immature.  How the hell this woman wrote and published this piece of trash, let 
    alone 6 more like it is beyond me.  I truly feel sorry for all of you out there that wasted precious time in your life reading this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    The book you love to hate

    This book was harder to follow than my college math book. I don't see what all the hype is. While the story line was very intriguing and the characters well developed, the vocabulary and dialogue were impossible to keep up with. The glossary helped but that is a hardship on an E reader.

    I also found the continued mistreatment, abusiveness and mutalation of the characters to be vile and graphic. This book should come with a disclaimer. The book played out more like "The Hunger Games" only on a higher level.

    I can't begin to imagine how this young author will develop this story in six more books. I certainly will not be reading to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Confusing, boring.

    Confusing, boring.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    goodbook

    goodbook

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 25, 2014

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    Posted April 28, 2014

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