Title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Edition: Hardcover, UK, 452 pages
Summary from Goodreads:
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
I purchased this book after noticing that it was the premier selection for the Today Show Book Club. I read the summary and about the author and I was curious. The result? I've been waiting to read a book that is a page-turner and this book was definitely that. As I was reading it, thoughts of the City of Bones entered my head, but this is much better. It is on such a different plane - perhaps because of all the clairvoyancy. The main character is older, more independent and more streetwise than Clary. I can see the potential for several books in this series - I don't know about 7, but several at least. It just boggles my mind to think that the author is just 21. She is either very good or very lucky. The world she has created feels both old and new. Perhaps because it takes place in Oxford - very Old English, but the creatures that inhabit it are quite futuristic. Anyway, it is a very good book. I give it 5 stars. I notice that there is talk of a movie version which would be very exciting to watch.