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The Mime Order

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by Samantha Shannon
     
 

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven

Overview

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London . . .

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/03/2014
This intricate second installment in Shannon’s ambitious seven-book series, after 2013’s The Bone Season, follows dreamwalker Paige Mahoney, a peculiarly opaque protagonist, after her daring escape from the penal colony of Sheol I. Now on the run from Scion, the organization that controls the London of 2059, Paige’s only hope for survival is to return to the Unnatural Assembly, those who control the community of clairvoyants who rule London’s underground. In order to destroy Scion and alert her fellow voyants to the existence of the mysterious, often malevolent Rephaim, she decides to seize control of the Assembly and become the new Underqueen of the syndicate. To do that, she’ll have to truly master her powers, avoid relentless authorities and occasional hit men, and possibly betray those closest to her. Though the story starts slowly, it quickly picks up speed, racing toward broadly telegraphed plot points in unexpected ways. Shannon’s world-building is original and intriguing, especially the complex, almost mythic voyant underground. However, this installment does rely heavily on knowledge of the previous one. Agent: David Godwin, David Godwin Associates. (Jan.)
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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

Library Journal
11/15/2014
Paige Mahoney, aka the Pale Dreamer and recent escapee of the penal colony Sheol I, is back in her beloved London, but her situation is far from ideal. Branded as Scion's most wanted, she is forced to go back to Jaxon Hall, her former mime lord, and resume her life as his mollisher so the syndicate will protect her from Scion. But when syndicate Underlord Haymarket Hector and his entire gang are brutally murdered, both Paige and Jaxon see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—Jaxon wants to be the new Underlord, and Paige thinks she can finally turn the self-serving, corrupt syndicate toward her cause of bringing down Scion. What Paige doesn't know is that, just as in Sheol I, things in the syndicate are not at all what they seem, and when Warden and his Rephaite allies return, Paige once again finds herself the leader in a fight to change, and quite possibly save, the world. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 4/21/14.]—Elisabeth Clark, West Florida P.L., Pensacola
Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-06
Paige Mahoney, the Pale Dreamer of The Bone Season (2013), returns in this second volume of a projected seven-volume fantasy/science-fiction epic. The novel begins with Paige's escape to London as she eludes pursuers of all stripes and becomes public enemy No. 1. On the plus side, she's with a gang of clairvoyants, and her cohort is headed by Jaxon Hall, one of the mime-lords of the title. (Mime-lords and mime-queens are leaders of clairvoyant gangs who form a subgroup within the various cohorts.) London becomes the main setting of the novel, and it assumes various guises, some comforting but most harrowing. Cohorts inhabit spaces that seem vaguely familiar (Covent Garden, Camden Town, Soho) yet remain mysterious and sinister. Readers of the first volume might also remember the emphasis on a specialized and arcane vocabulary applicable to the alternative universe the author creates. The glossary is again a welcome necessity. The prime mover of action here is Paige's relentless pursuit by Scion, a governmental organization that sees her as a threat to its status and power. Eventually Paige meets up again with Arcturus Mesarthim, her Warden and a Rephaite—a physically immortal being. He has some advice for her—to be wary and to "manipulate [her] mime-lord…as he has spent his life manipulating others"—good advice for a world that is arcane, complex, multilayered and at times almost incomprehensible. Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620408933
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/27/2015
Series:
Bone Season Series , #2
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
196,057
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.00(d)

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Meet 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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The Mime Order 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. I’m writing this review up in October when I finished this ARC that I am holding review on until one month before release date as per publisher’s request at Net Galley. I have seen some other comments about the book posted over at Goodreads and can tell already that my review is going to be an unpopular opinion on a book that will probably have a ton of five-star reviews. I must be honest through, so don’t hate me or send me nasty comments and email because this book did not work for me. I am just one opinion and I suffered through a book that didn’t work for me from the beginning to earn the right to write a negative review… I read the first book in this series over a year ago and didn’t write a very good review of it, so it took me a bit to remember what was going on in the story. This book didn’t help much as it is wildly different from the first story. I remembered liking the first one, enough apparently for me to want to request the next one, but after finishing this book I can’t remember what drew me to this story in the first place. This story was a chore for me to get through, the only reason I continued beyond my 50 page DNF cut off is I kept expecting it to get better. It did and didn’t, so I do have conflicted feelings about the story, but not enough to continue on. This book is where I leave the series. I wish the author and all its fans well and hope they enjoy the rest of the journey. I’ll be off in another world I enjoy more… So why didn’t this book work for me? A major problem I had was the pacing. It was far too slow, the action wasn’t there until the second half of the book and most of it being at the very end. There was too much politics. It was just plain boring in that aspect. So much of it could have been condensed in order to shorten the book and perhaps pick up the pace a bit. I still liked Paige, but Warden was missing quite a bit from this story and I think he was what attracted me most in the first story and his absence hurt book two for me. For much of the book I also couldn’t quite grasp what the hell was going on. I understood the words I was reading, but I just didn’t understand the world the story was unfolding in. Maybe it was that there was too much time between book one and two, or maybe it was just too complex for me to figure out. I also found the chemistry between characters lacking. Everyone was out for themselves in this story. The sad attempt at a romance between Paige and Warden was weak and didn’t seem to develop, and I really didn’t feel like there was any community to root for. The Rephaim are jerks, the Scion corrupt, along with the Mime-order. I needed someone more than Paige to root for, and didn’t find anyone. So there you have it, my I-know-its-going-to-be-unpopular review. I’m just being honest and this story did not work for me. I wish I had given up on reading it at page 50 instead of holding out hope it would improve. 
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Book Two of The Bone Season series Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on. What I Liked: I really enjoyed The Bone Season. I put off reading the book for so long, because of all the hype surrounding the novel. It's immensely popular in the UK, as well as in the United States. But when I finally read it, I loved it! I was intrigued by the intricate and complicated world - I hadn't read too many novels like The Bone Season. Nevertheless, I think this sequel did the first book justice, and I'll definitely be impatiently waiting for book three. In this novel, Paige has escaped the penal colony, and returned to SciLo, to the syndicate, to her mime-Lord, Jaxon. He doesn't want her to spread word of the Rephaim's existence, but she wants the syndicate to know. Certain events are set in motion - the syndicate Underlord is murdered, and a new Underlord (or Underqueen) must take his place. Meanwhile, EVERYONE is looking for Paige - or The Pale Dreamer - or the human that consorted with a Rephaim. The streets are more and more dangerous for her, but she will stop at nothing to bring justice to the clairvoyants who were taken, and to warn the syndicate of the existence of the Rephain - with or without the Rephaim (in particular, Arcturus, who has yet to be found). This book definitely gets off to a slow start. The sampler that was available on NetGalley featured about 20% of the book, which is a solid chunk! I had read the sampler a few months ago, and wasn't all that satisfied or impressed. However, after certain events occurred, I was hooked. Once the Rephain came back into the picture (and I'm talking about Rephaim that aren't Arcturus, actually), things started to pick up. There was all kinds of high stakes and sneaking around and straight-up MESS, in this book. Paige was constantly going behind Jaxon's back, meeting with other Sheol I fugitives, or meeting with the Rephaim, or doing things that she didn't want Jaxon - or anyone - to know about. My heart was literally pounding every time she went sneaking about - Jaxon really didn't seem like a person to piss off. I mean, the state of affairs with the Rephaim is pretty important, but Paige needed Jaxon's protection. Which she quickly finds out. As with book one, the world-building in this book is intricate and impeccable. This book takes place completely in London, but you really get a feel for the futuristic city. Mention of the Americas is in this book, which I thought was nice - it put the setting of this book into perspective. There is very little of the Rephaim in this book, yet their presence is always known, like an undercurrent. Nashira isn't present in this book, and several key Rephaim do not appear until about midway through the book. As for Arcturus... don't worry, he's in this book. Check out my blog on Thursday (December 18th), if you want to see a fun scene between Arcturus and Paige. Okay, so, the romance. Honestly, I'm a huge fan of the romance. Arcturus (a.k.a. Warden, so no one gets confused) doesn't appear until more than halfway through the book. And even then, Paige and Warden kind of put a wall between themselves, because Warden is marked by the Rephaim, now that Nashira told everyone that he was "consorting with a human". BUT. The chemistry/physical/emotional connection between Paige and Arcturus is so obvious and burning and THERE, so, don't you worry about the romance. I love the progression of the romance, even if it feels like it isn't there. I like Paige. She's very tough, and not just physically. She makes some incredibly difficult decisions, like going behind Jaxon's back, about many things. Honestly, I'd probably be very docile and most likely hiding, if I had a choice. But she totally stands up to the Sargas family, to SciLo, to the syndicate. I'm quite pleased with this sequel. It was slow, but much happened in this book. A LOT happened, really, in small chunks, spread over a long book. The ending is kind of a slap in the face. No, a punch in the face. Holy guacamole. Book three book three book three! What I Did Not Like: Like I've been saying, this book starts off very slowly. I'd say the first thirty ish percent is pretty sluggish, though I can understand why. Shannon is setting the scene and tone for the rest of the book. But the book is really long to begin with, so it felt like things dragged. I feel like this will definitely be a deterrent to some, or possibly a reason for some to DNF, so I thought I'd mention it.  Would I Recommend It: Well, if you read book one, there is no reason for you not to read book two! I liked this sequel a lot, and I would highly recommend reading the sequel. And, if you haven't read The Bone Season, and you're interested, then I think you should get it a try! Just be warned, the books are loooonngggg (they're adult novels, not YA). So, tuck in! Rating: 4 stars. This book didn't end in a such a way that I felt anxious (like The Bone Season did), but some crazy truths were revealed at the end of the book, so I definitely want to keep reading. Book three, please!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Can't wait for the next book!
ashleyann120 11 months ago
This book had an interesting plot line, but the writing was hard for me to read. There was too much slang or too many terms for one type of person, that I found it hard to keep up with. Normally, I get why authors create a new 'language" for their characters since it tends to add a certain depth and reality to the world, but in this case, I thought it was too much of a detraction from the plot. I actually got the 2nd book and tried to keep going in the series, but I just couldn't put myself through that for a second time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the bone season and couldn't wait for the sequel. It was kind of slow to get into at first, but I did start to enjoy it and am now anticipating the next book in the series. I did like the first one and bit better, but I think that's because I was so riveted by the relationship between Paige and Warden and there was less of that in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been so long since a series dragged me in to such an extent. Wonderfully written, a page turner to the very end. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out!
archetype67 More than 1 year ago
Solid 4.5 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.
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confusedLS More than 1 year ago
I did NOT order this book, do NOT want to read it but yet the money was taken out of my checking account for it. I have tried numerous times to get B&N to make this right and not once did they even respond. I had no choice but to take my payment info out of my account. I can't afford to pay for books I don't want and didn't order. Thanks for nothing
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A llittle slow in the start but i attribute that to length of time between book one and two trying vto remember all the characters. Looking forward to next installment
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Love love love this series.
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Last year I was sent a copy of The Bone Season for review, I was hesitant about reading it because of the amount of hype it was receiving, but I picked it up and was utterly amazed at how brilliant that book was, so when I got a an ARC in the mail of the sequel  The Mime Order you can bet your ass I was beyond excited! 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gripping follow up novel to Bone Season. I couldn't put it down! Starting right from where the first novel left off, we follow Paige as she tries to get back to her life SciLO but after her time in the penal colony Paige is forced to face the reality she is no longer the person and she knows far too much to sit back and do nothing. Get ready for another page turner!
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
Slow Start but Worth the Read! Wow, I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN! Initial overall thoughts: If you loved The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) then you will LOVE The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)! Drop what you're doing and carve out a day, afternoon or several bus rides to dive into the depths of the world of the Scion and get ready to lose yourself to the world of Samantha Shannon!  Where do I start? This is a hard review to write only because I want to do TMO justice and I can't really divulge all of the wonderfulness because of spoiler-y-ness. I mean come on, I seriously finished this in about 7 hours and it was a whirlwind of amazingness! I will warn that the first 60-70% felt rather slow for my general taste but because of Shannon's amazing writing/world building/characters I really did not mind it especially when she gifted us readers with the last 30-40%! Hold on to your seat because that part is AH-MAZ-ING!  Let me start by saying that Samantha Shannon is a true master of her craft! She can spin a web so intricate that you feel as if you have actually fallen into a world so real that you can actually touch, hear, feel and smell everything around you! Oh, I could read her words forever. Honestly, because she is such a talented writer that is what helped me through the slow start.  Secondly, the characters just get better! We learn so much more not only about Paige and Jaxon (who I seriously love, but I hate...I love to hate him) but also from our secondary characters who really seem to fill in and wow, I love Shannon for giving them some depth! Warden to me is still mysterious but OMG how much do I LOVE their romance. Again, Warden does not really come back in until the last 30% of the novel but when he does it's SOOOOO worth it! There is one scene...and, well, you will know when it hits you! The romance in TMO is subtle but adds so much to the story without overwhelming it. It's perfection.  Honestly if you're still on the fence about this book, trust me (and many others) when I say, this is worth the read! It's slow to start but it's absolutely stunning and one that I would hate for you all to miss out on! So what are you waiting for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Crazy child