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The Bone Season [Format Kindle]

Samantha Shannon
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EVEN A DREAMER CAN START A REVOLUTION

Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing…

The New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller also includes an exclusive excerpt of the sequel, The Mime Order.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 481 pages
  • Editeur : Bloomsbury Publishing; Édition : 1 (20 août 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00B763BM0
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Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Ce roman est paru le 20 août 2013 dans les pays anglo-saxons et dès sa parution a été présenté comme le "nouveau Hunger Games", avec même des résonances dans la presse française, alors que le roman ne sera traduit que l'an prochain. Ce bruit médiatique pourrait faire peur, je confirme cependant que j'ai dévoré ce roman en deux soirées.

L'histoire: Nous sommes presque en 2200, en Angleterre, devenue "Scion", du nom de la nouvelle forme de gouvernement née depuis les années 1800. C'est une dictature traquant sans pitié une catégorie de la population douée de dons surnaturels, liés à la voyance (de la plus légère: lire les cartes ou les lignes de la main, à la projection dans les rêves voire dans l'esprit). Au tout début du roman est proposée une cartographie des différents dons surnaturels, cela m'a rappelé la structure proposée par Brandon Sanderson dans "Mistborn".

Paige a 19 ans. Depuis ses 16 ans, elle travaille secrètement pour un des plus grands syndicats mafieux. Ces syndicats sont maintenant des organisations recrutant essentiellement les citoyens doués de dons surnaturels et persécutés (comprendre: en danger de mort). Paige en est un des piliers, disposant d'un talent rarissime. Malheureusement un soir elle va se faire remarquer, et va se faire emprisonner. Elle s'attendait à être tuée, elle va être déportée dans un lieu dont elle ignorait l'existence. C'est une enclave gérée par des Rephaites, une population... Extraterrestre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Accessible et passionant 25 juin 2014
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Wow wow.
Il est rare que je dévore un bouquin aussi rapidement.
Grande fan de dystopie et de SF, j'avais quand même un peu peur d'être déçue, étant donné le jeune âge (et je pensais, le manque d'expérience) de l'auteur.J'avais finalement craqué sur le format de la série (sept livres), nostalgique de mes époques JK Rowling.
Et je n'ai pas été déçue! Non seulement, l'histoire est passionnante, les personnages attachants, mais l'écriture est également très soignée et agréable (pour moi qui ne suis pas Anglophone).
Je ne regrette pas mon achat, et j'attends avec impatience la sortie du deuxième (je pleure déjà quand je me rend compte qu'il va falloir attendre plusieurs années avant d'avoir la fin de l'histoire).

Conclusion: buy, enjoy & share!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An above-average teen/"new adult" dystopian fantasy adventure 16 juillet 2013
Par Michael Lichter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's difficult to know where to start with The Bone Season. On one hand, publisher Bloomsbury has set a massive marketing campaign in motion, promoting the book as the best thing since Gone with the Wind, or at least The Hunger Games, and young author Samantha Shannon as the most talented and precocious young writer since Sylvia Plath or maybe David Foster Wallace. This makes any criticism of the book seem like a mean-spirited attack on a genius and her masterpiece. On the other hand, there's the book itself, which, although not bad for a first novel, is much better suited to a teen audience looking forward to early adulthood than to the older adult audience Bloomsbury is apparently seeking.

If you're reading this, you probably know that the book centers on 19-year-old Paige, a girl with supernatural powers who lives in an authoritarian future London where "voyants" like her are hunted, imprisoned, and executed. Most of the story takes place after Paige unintentionally kills two police, is captured, and is shipped off to a secret "penal colony" called "Sheol." Sheol is run by inhuman creatures from another dimension who make slaves and servants of the voyants sent to them by "Scion," the corporate regime that rules London. Like her fellow prisoners, Paige is given to a "Raphaite" master, and she must watch as her fellow prisoners are tortured, starved, killed, or, worse, turned into loyal proteges of the brutal Rephaites. Over the course of the novel, Paige must face a number of tough questions, including whether she's willing to fully develop her dangerous powers, how far she's willing to go in order protect her friends, who she should trust and how deeply, and whether she is fighting only for her personal freedom or for the good of all voyants ... and, ultimately, humanity.

Shannon keeps readers engaged by slowly but steadily revealing the secrets of the Raphaites and Scion and gradually building relationships between Paige, her peers, and her Raphaite master, the Warden. The pace will be too slow for some, and many readers will be disappointed at how little sustained action there is between the time of Paige's capture and the slam-bang finale, but these are not major weaknesses. Shannon keeps plenty of information to herself about the nature of Paige's world, but most readers will find the final resolution of "The Bone Season" satisfactory.

As for the debate about whether "The Bone Season" is an adult novel or a teen/young adult/"new adult" novel, my view is that Shannon's novel is too teen-focused and her perspectives too teen-like to satisfy many older adults. Adults are best able to enjoy books about children and young people, I think, when there are strong adult characters to comment on the young ones' behavior and impart the wisdom of the ages. In "David Copperfield," we have the adult David Copperfield looking back on his past. In the Harry Potter books, we have Dumbledore, McGonagall, and even Snape. In contrast to those works, the older characters in this book have very little to contribute. Paige's father is oblivious to her struggles and is almost entirely absent. Nick, Paige's 27-year-old best friend, is the nice but weak guy who placed her in the hands of a sociopathic crime lord who treats her like personal property. The obligatory immortal-but-ageless-in-appearance love interest (whose name I'll omit to avoid spoilers) might have been able to play this role, but (a) he's the strong-but-silent type, and (b) he's an old guy who makes out with a teenager.

Bottom line: If you enjoy dystopian teen/young adult novels like The Hunger Games or Divergent, there's a good chance you'll like "The Bone Season," regardless of your age. If you're a fan of supernatural fantasy but the idea of reading a teen/young adult novel does not appeal to you, you can safely stay away; the "The Bone Season" is OK but it's not the thrilling and amazing masterpiece its publisher claims.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 sadly, this is an over-hyped mess 31 août 2013
Par S. Hamelin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book made me so frustrated that I had to write a review and I apologize ahead of time for venting and spoiling (so be aware). First of all, I love to read like all of you who care about books. I spend many happy hours involved in other worlds this way. It's hard to put them down when they are so engrossing and well done. To say that I was disappointed in this first book from Samantha Shannon is not enough. I was excited about the possibilities and they did not deliver. Many other reviewers have done a great job explaining the plot. I can just go into how I felt about just a few of the issues I had.

Frankly, I am surprised this got the greenlight for publication. It needed a lot more time and development to really bring out this future world. I actually feel bad for this author and think it's not fair to compare her to the Potter series. This does not even come close to it, in my opinion.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the whole system of clairvoyants is long and such a chore to keep straight. It's no fun at all. I would give this book a lower rating just for that reason alone. But, the disappointments kept adding up. There are many weird mistakes like doing or saying one thing and the next sentence will not support what was said. She kept interrupting my imagination with sentences that made no sense or took you too far ahead of what should be explained. You feel like you must have read it wrong or missed something, but you find out you didn't. It's her writing 'style'. There are great authors who take you somewhere special and do not bog you down with overwrought language. She didn't seem to be able to decide what kind of author she wanted to be. The words she uses have no flow or style that grabs you and many of them are plain annoying to read, especially her choice of slang terms. They are not a joy to read, just sluggish and unnecessarily complicated at times. As the phrase goes- she's constantly telling you something, not showing you. She told me she was sad or mad, or just stabbing away at the villainous species known for ripping limbs off, or kissing (so passionately that from one moment she's put her arms around his neck, then in the next she's apparently been penetrated & having painful sex), or shooting weapons, or climbing shelves and buildings with no difficulties. She just gets there. She just does things. She evens learns to further develop her 'gift' after one try. But how is that possible, you wonder? You have to wonder because it just happens. She really can do anything. But still her personality is boring. This book showed no depth, no humor, no real tension, no creepy factor. What kind of book did Shannon intend to write? This felt more like bad YA fantasy fiction rather than a mature and compelling read. Is this just a major mistake in marketing?

The main character, Paige, is thrust at us in a way that is not convincing at all. She's supposed to be a trained clairvoyant criminal who can leap buildings, run all over the city, and who just happens to have been intelligent enough to remember history well. We know that because she told us and the author needed that to explain why a 19 year old criminal knows so much about the city, it's history, Oxford, & so on. This high-level criminal gets caught because she visits her dad. But, never fear, she's been prepared for this and has a pack ready and has all the skills necessary to make a run for it. Her voice and feelings are so boring to read. And, keeping in mind the obvious romantic entanglement which you see coming a mile away, her most precious and guarded secret memory is about loving someone who didn't love her back. Okay. Not her mother disappearing, or her cousin and his friends dying while she's there in an infamous attack on the Irish who want to stay independent, or the fact that she's been in a crime syndicate for the past few years and supposedly has seen some bad things. Nope, it's a secret crush, which brought the already numbing story to a cheesy place. Of course the first time hurt (it usually does), but for her it's because by the way, you're clairvoyant so somehow your body can't tolerate sex with 'normal' humans. Yeah, it goes there, too. So, having clairvoyance means your body and sexual functions evolved into something else. Did I read that wrong? Is everyone else out there having really painful sex and never noticing it's between voyants and normals? or is it just her? There is so much more that I found annoying... I don't mean to bore you with it, too.

I don't think it's okay to feel like you need the glossary at the end of a book. I'm happy to learn new terms for a well-written new world and have never needed to look for help while reading. I want to be transported in your creation. Instead, I was repelled by the poorly written, underthought and overly stuffed story about clairvoyants being hunted minorities in the future. I honestly cannot imagine how the publishers think she has such a compelling story to tell and it goes on for SEVEN books. No way. I don't believe it and I won't buy them.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable, but it needs stronger writing and a little more forward momentum 1 juillet 2013
Par Ashleigh - Publié sur Amazon.com
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See more of my reviews on Birth of a New Witch!

This may be one of the most hyped-up books of the year and until I got it, I honestly thought it was a YA novel. If only that were a joke. Only upon getting it did I learn better, but that's okay because of the strong crossover appeal The Bone Season has going for it. It's best to leave behind any thoughts of her being the next JK Rowling at the door because if you come in expecting that, you're gonna have a bad time. If you come in as blind as you possible can in the midst of all the hype, you'll find a pretty fun book after you get through the worst bits.

The first chapter might lose you due to the massive amounts of inelegant infodump about the world Paige lives in. So much gets thrown at us not just in the first chapter but throughout the novel that some information fails to stick. If the levels of clairvoyance and what gifts certain levels/certain types of clairvoyants have were clearly explained at some point, I can't remember half of it. It would have helped to have some chart at the beginning of the book to explain them in addition to the maps of Scion London.

Shannon's style could also use some work. Her prose is a little simplistic, there are some rookie mistakes like having Paige list off her appearance while looking at her ID card, and "I" is what starts a sentence so often that the lack of sentence variety is noticeable when I normally don't notice such things. It happened so often that I've got bookmarks of entire paragraphs where every sentence or almost every sentence starts with that one word. Despite the novel being in first-person, it can be hard to get into her head and really understand her. She's a tough girl who takes everything that's thrown at her with relative ease compared to her fellow clairvoyants, but that's her most outstanding trait.

All those problems? They're a pretty good summary of the first half of the novel. It's the second half of the novel that really shows off Shannon's strengths as a writer and will pull readers in. It's a shame they'll have to wade through the worst parts to get to the fun!

If there's anything the author can write with skill and aplomb, it's fight scenes. Oh wow, is it fight scenes! The face-off between Paige and her former gang was hands-down one of my favorite scenes of the novel and it's been bookmarked for future rereads, along with pretty much the entire climactic scene. If she can write actiony novels for the rest of her career, call me a fan and pre-order the rest of her books for me and I will be a happy kitten.

Her worldbuilding is likely what draws all the JK Rowling comparisons. Though not necessarily on that level (yet; it took multiple books for Rowling's worldbuilding to come back together in its brilliant way and it might do the same here), this alternate world in which Prince Edward VII was Jack the Ripper and also clairvoyant according to the official line has a deep well of potential ready to be drawn from. Had it all been given to the reader in a manner less like dumping a hundred books on their head, it would be one of the most memorable fictional worlds I've explored this year!

Then there's the slow-burn romance between Paige and her keeper Warden. Though Warden's character and past is unraveled bit by bit throughout the novel and he shows a more human side uncommon among the often-vicious Rephaim, the romance between them still makes me a little uncomfortable. It's almost like Stockholm Syndrome to me, which is a deal-breaker to me. Keeping it platonic might have been a better idea, but I'm the reviewer, not the author. Oh well!

The Bone Season leaves things on a pretty decent cliffhanger, though not as murderous as some I've come across before. There's so much uncertainty about where they'll go from here and who will be okay that-- You know what? Better stop there. Don't want to give too much away! If you're one to let weak writing slide when the worldbuilding is strong enough, this is going to be a very good book for you. Like tough female leads who can take pretty much everything hurled at them with ease? Enjoy! If you don't fall in either, it's a little more complicated.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Bone Season 13 août 2013
Par TrishNYC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Paige Mahoney is a clairvoyant dream walker. Her government, Scion, does not approve of people like her so she is finds herself operating on the fringes of London's society, working for a crime boss called Jaxon Hall. One day, on her way home from work, she unintentionally kills two people. She manages to escape but is eventually captured at her home and taken to Sheol 1, a prison located in Oxford. There, she is turned into a "tenant" of one of the powerful overseers of the city, alternatively known as "The Warden". In order to survive, she is made to undergo various tests that will challenger her resolve and expose her to aspects of power that she could never have imagined in her previous life.

It is rare that I don't finish a book, maybe once every few years, but this book falls into the could not finish pile. After about two hundred pages of exposition upon exposition, I had to give up. I wanted to like this book, I really did, after all this author was being hailed as the next J.K Rowling but after slogging through page after page of back story, random slangs and a story that kept getting bogged down by it's pacing, I had to give up.

In reading this book, it reminds me of what the best authors are able to do well and seamlessly. While I think this author tried to communicate her vision, the way in which she did it came across as less than polished. I was never fully transported into this story, always aware that I was reading a story. In fact, sometimes when reading this, it felt almost like a text book where I was reading about all these technical terms without ever forming any emotional connection to the characters and their world. If the author had concentrated more on the characters, their individual stories as well as their interactions, rather than so much time being spent on throwing around slangs, made up terms and attempting a world building that was not altogether successful, then I could have engaged more with the story.

There are things that were well done. The author is great at describing Paige's environs. From her work in London to when she ends up in Sheol 1, I could very clearly picture both worlds and it almost felt like I could smell the air and touch the clothes of the passersby. I also really liked the character of "The Warden" and I liked that he was layered, being much more than he at first appears.

As a character, Paige starts off interesting but very quickly, I lost any emotional connection to her, making it harder to stay connected to the story. I didn't dislike her but I also did not find her memorable.

Unfortunately, I could not get through the rest of the book as it seemed like there would be very little pay off and the story would only continue to crawl to a conclusion that I would care very little for.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Sorry Samantha 1 septembre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I received this novel from Bloomsbury's Australian marketing team a few months ahead of the official release date. They gifted the book to me so I could read and review it (and hopefully say something positive about it to my twitter following.)

Unfortunately, I find myself sorely disappointed, and I must confess that I feel terrible for posting this review. However, I promised I would review it, so here it is.

I understand that other people may love this book. Good for you. I love it when people love a book. However, I'm simply stating that this book WASN'T FOR ME. I am entitled to my opinion, as are you.

True, it really is a great accomplishment for Samantha to be published at age twenty-one. Congratulations to you. I can see that you put a lot of effort into your debut novel. However, I think it was a very big mistake for Bloomsbury's marketing team to pen you as 'The New J.K Rowling'. They also say things like: "The first of the Harry Potter Generation" and things like that. Now, this really irks me because I am a Harry Potter FANATIC. You know those crazy people who get tattoo's from Harry Potter? Yeah. That's me.

Samantha Shannon writes with none of the charm and intelligence of Ms. Rowling. Perhaps in time she will reach her level of witticism, but today is not that day.

The highlighted reviews say: "a seven-part series of dizzying imagination," but it's more like dizzying confusion.
This novel is crammed full of so much useless information. Honestly, I found myself overwhelmed within the first few pages. Made-up words, and references that are never explained. It's information overload. I had to keep checking the front of the book, or the page before to make sure I hadn't missed some vital piece of information. Some made-up words and phrases are never explained, leaving you confused. I'm still not entirely sure how clairvoyants work, or why.

The information-overload aside, I found the storyline to be slow paced and rather boring. It didn't feel unique. Not only that, but I found it hard to care for any of the characters. They were one dimensional. Sorry.

I thought that this novel was going to be jam packed full of science-fiction/fantasy (What with it being compared to J.K Rowling) but the fantasy/Sci-Fi aspect was really lacking in my opinion. It wasn't epic, or magical, or any of that stuff.
The Bone Season certainly wasn't a high-fantasy or epic sci-fi. In fact, it was quite mundane.

Around half way through the book I wanted to put it down and never pick it up again because I was bored out of my mind, and I wasn't quite sure how it was supposed to continue for another 6 books.

I remember reading Harry Potter for the first time when I was 10 years old. Once I'd finished reading it, I was left in a state of shock and awe for weeks afterwards. Perhaps my standards are too high. Or maybe I'm not 'smart enough' to understand The Bone Season. Regardless, I was bored. There was nothing new, shocking or exciting in this novel.

Sorry Samantha.
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