Title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Release Date: January 27
Source: Penguin Canada on Goodreads First Reads (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…
As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. (Source: Goodreads)
This sequel to The Bone Season brings us right back to Paige and the other escapees of Sheol I as they rejoin society in Scion London. Paige tries to spread the word about the Rephaim with no luck. She realizes that the only way to change the way the Syndicate works, and thus to spread the word about the Rephaim, is to change the leader of the Syndicate. When the leader falls, and spot opens up, who will grab at the opportunity to become the new leader of SciLo’s Syndicate? And just what secrets was the old faction hiding?
Gaaaaaah, this book! I could hardly put it down! This book has 10 times the action of the last book, which quickens the pace and gets the heart racing. Which is excellent considering this book is over 500 pages! I’d say, much like the previous book, the first 100-ish pages are a little slow, but things really get good. The story is exciting, with good pace, and lots of action (maybe a little too much action?). The characters continue to be amazing, with Paige getting even stronger, and the Paige-Warden relationship getting more intense. I adored this book even more than the last!
The plot in this book is pretty complex. It isn’t so simple as trying to escape like it was last time. Now there is investigation, double agent work, the Rephaim plots, the main Syndicate plot, and so on. There’s a lot going on. I didn’t feel like it was confusing, it was just very…tightly packed. Lots of stuff happening all at once. The book starts out slowly which made me quite nervous and then suddenly a lot was going on. It was sometimes a little overwhelming. I also found it sort of dragging out towards the end a little. I think it all worked out nicely, but it seemed like a lot going on and going and going. Don’t get me wrong though, the plot is well structured for the most part. The plot is exciting, and really flows well from the first book. It also leaves lots to be excited for in the next book. Definitely a well thought out plot with lots of politics and history written into it.
The characters continue to be great. Paige of course is amazing. There’s some good development of her character. She is less afraid and angry now. She shows more control, more ambition as well. I think the other characters remained stable from the first book, of course there’s more development now that Paige is interacting with more people. There were an overwhelming number of people in this book. Though most weren’t that important. I think the relationship with Arcturus continues to be the highlight for me. I really found the book dull when the Rephaites were there, which is the first 200 or so pages. I think Paige and Warden have great chemistry and that leads to a lot of tension. I think this will be a struggle for Shannon going forward as the tension is unbearable in a bad way. It is too much and it’s too awkward, because of the restrictions on them. It loosened a little by the end of the book, but it was essentially a full reverse from the first book.
The writing this time around was much easier to understand. With the vocab under my belt I was better equipped to tackle the book. Shannon also does a better job of explaining, in text, what new words mean – which is such an improvement. I think it’s starting to feel more and more like this book should be YA though, as the young voice is coming across more clearly.
I highly recommend this book, and this series. It’s really interesting with great action and awesome characters. I think the world is well built and designed with great history and politics built into it. Love it to bits, really excited for the next one!