The Bone Season

The Bone Season

By Samantha Shannon

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781620402658, 472pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014


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It appeared on every summer reading list for 2013, from Entertainment Weekly to USA Today. Now, the debut that thrilled readers everywhere is available in paperback. Enter the world of Paige Mahoney, a gifted clairvoyant, a “dreamwalker,” in the year 2059. Her natural talents are considered treasonous under the current regime. Snatched away to a secret prison, she encounters another race, the Rephaim, creatures who wish to control the powers of Paige and those like her. One in particular will be assigned as her keeper, her trainer. But his motives are mysterious. To regain her freedom, Paige must learn to trust, in the prison where she is meant to die.

About the Author
Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series. The Bone Season was a New York Times, a Sunday Times and an Asian Age bestseller, was picked as a Book of the Year by the Daily Mail, Stylist and Huffington Post and was named one of Amazon s 2013 Best Books of the Year. It has been translated into twenty-eight languages and the film rights have been acquired by The Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. The Mime Order is her second novel.

Praise For The Bone Season

“Terrific—intelligent, inventive, dark, and engrossing . . . Shannon has remarkable talent for world-building . . . But her most sublime otherworldly creation is the complex, ever evolving, scrappy yet touching Paige Mahoney . . . [She] has me hooked.” —

“Invokes both the political tyranny of George Orwell and the . . . mythmaking of J.R.R. Tolkien.” —USA Today

“Action-filled . . . Shannon is likely on the brink of literary stardom.” —New York

“[A] dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of outrageous courage, heroic compassion, transcendent love, and the quest for freedom . . . the first in a thoughtful fantasy series by a brilliant young writer.” —Booklist (starred review)

"This book is for those who like their dystopian science fiction multilayered, philosophical and complex." —Kirkus Reviews