I included the sequel to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season in 80 Books To Read 2015 List. The Mime Order came out in January, but before I read it or review it, here’s my impression of the first book in the series.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Surprisingly good. You don’t hear about books with clairvoyants and the oppressive governments that hunt them and think, “Oh, this is definitely something I would pick up on my own,” because that was not the case for me. It was recommended to me from a friend on the premise that the plot was so ridiculous that I had to read it (main character arrested and sent to live as a slave with “aliens”). But I was reading interviews with the author and she said she wanted to write a paranormal dystopian and she hit the target. The most difficult part was wrapping my head around this alternate history of London and the world that was built around said history. But from the get-go, I was sucked in. The pacing was fantastic. And once I realized there was a glossary in the back, I was able to get through the jargon heavy scenes with no problem. In articles about The Bone Season, it’s compared to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games in terms of world-building. Shannon set up a really great premise for future books. I would read them.
World Building is so hard and so rewarding when it’s done well. Leave a comment about other world building books I should look into!