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The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon BONE SEASON… Future London is a confusing place to live especially if you’re a criminal. Learning the in’s and out’s, the rules and hierarchy, the who can do what, where and how… was almost too much, my brain just about imploded. Paige is a dream walker, one of the Seven Seals, a group of criminals that’s almost always one step ahead of Scion. Scion’s tasked itself to weed out their kind, voyants who have abilities of a different sort from the Aether. When Paige is caught, she’s shipped out and finds herself surrounded by Rephaim, even more “speshul” than voyants like herself. Only instead of the prisoner she thought she was to become, she finds herself worse off. She and her kind are slaves to them, further divided into groups based on what they can do. She’s in the middle and so many things are going on: on the outside is Scion shipping them in. On the inside are the Rephaim and the purpose they claim to have. Pitted against them, the voyants who want out and those aiding them… but out to where exactly? It’s all gets very complicated and intricate these connections. Connections that one might fail to make if details get in the way; it almost did me, but once past the information of who, where and why, things do gel and things do pickup.The best thing about BONE SEASON is that it isn’t just one thing. There’s dytop, paranormal, and other elements in here; better each aspect isn’t completely sacrificed for another aspect. Scion is that controlling state that wants things just so and gets it done, much to Paige and other voyant’s disadvantage. The Aether offers a different sort of magical-fantastical feel that allows Paige and her ilk to be who they are so that the questions on why and how are answered to an extent. And yes, there’s even the romantic, that to be frank, could have been done without, except that it does add a touch of tender in what would otherwise have been all mad-dash escapes and running for one’s life. It’s a romance that’s reminded me of Sarah Fine, and Angel Fall, and maybe even a little bit of Barrons because of the unequal footing they were on. I have questions… many, many questions mainly about the characters. About the Seven Seals and what they have over her. About Warden and Paige and who they are and what they become for each other. How they all should be the ad guys, but yo never quite see them that way because … because… of who they are for each other. I love how not-simple anything is in this: not the world, not the people, and definitely not their connections.