Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon [Review]

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Series: The Bone Season #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: January 27, 2015
Hardcover: 528 Pages 
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Man, this series is one of the most interesting and innovative ones I've read.  It stands out among the YA crowd due to its intricate plot and well thought out settings and characters.  It is dense, fascinating, and slightly confusing all rolled into one.  I know the first book, The Bone Season, got mixed reviews and I could see why.  I'm not sure everyone would appreciate it in the same way I do, but it reminds me more of adult fantasy series than it does YA fantasy.  I think this sequel is a great follow up and addresses some of the issues with the first book.

Here is what I liked:
**I love love love this alternative London.  I’m a total sucker for alternative realities, so I very much enjoyed all the little changes and twists to English history.  Samantha Shannon does an impressive (and exhaustive) job in creating Scion London.  It is very thought out and very elaborate.  I especially love all of the psychic designations.  I found it endless fascinating how all the different psychics worked together (or didn’t, as the case may be).  Her world building is extremely rich.

**I also really like Paige.  She is tough, street smart, caring, sassy and pretty badass.  I liked her more in this book than the first even.  She truly wants to do right by the people she cares about, but I appreciated that she was smart about how she went about accomplishing that.  Too often in YA the protagonist makes rash decisions and rushes off without thinking. But Paige is truly smart and walks such a thin line that I was constantly worried about her.

**I like the romance.  It is not the center of the plot, but an extension of it.  I have a little bit of a thing for forbidden romance too.  But I also liked that it wasn’t all star crossed lovers nonsense.  There are some real concerns that were addressed.  I appreciated this a lot.  I know the romance was one of the main problem that people had with the first book.  I would say it is definitely toned down in the sequel, but also more heartfelt and real.

**This is a dense book, but I was kept entertained the whole time. I give major props to the author for her writing skills on this one.  I was interested even when nothing was happening!

**Lastly, that ending!  Bam!  I can’t say anything, but I desperately wish I had the sequel in my hands.

Here is what I didn't like:
**It is long.  It’s 500 oversized pages.  And while it actually went by quickly, it was hard to gear myself up to start it.  And there are supposedly 7 books in the series.  We’re talking Harry Potter here…only more dense.

**Paige gets beat up.  A lot.  It gets a little old after awhile.

**It is hard to keep up with all the lingo, the terms, the different psychic types, the different organizations, etc.  There is a glossary in the back and that helps, but it could use more to be honest.  I didn’t let it bother me too much, but if you are a reader who likes to know what everything is, you may get lost and frustrated.

I'm so glad I started this series.  I'm in it for the long haul since there are 7 books planned.  I love the imaginative alternate reality and the well thought out characters.  I may not know what is going on half the time, but I am always entertained.


  1. "Dense" is a great word to describe this. And, I DID have trouble with all "the lingo, the terms, the different psychic types, the different organizations, etc." This was actually a DNF for me. I was reading an eARC, so didn't know about the glossary. Maybe that would help. It was too long. I really liked the first book, and the world created, but I got impatient with the second book. Maybe someday I'll try the hard copy. Great review.

  2. I have both The Bone Season and The Mime Order and after reading this review I need to read them asap!



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