The Bone Season
By Samantha Shannon
(Bloomsbury USA, Paperback, 9781620402658, 480pp.)
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.
Samantha Shannon was born in West London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen and graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford, with a degree in English language and literature in 2013. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries. It is being developed for film by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish at Imaginarium Studios.
Follow Samantha Shannon on Twitter at @say_shannon and on her blog, www.samanthashannon.co.uk
“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.” —NPR.com
“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