Important note: In no way did I tend to start a pattern of reading “The Bone _____” books. Ha.
A colleague of mine recommended this book, insofar as she couldn’t contain her excitement about the upcoming third instalment anytime it was mentioned. Considering I’d already picked up a wonderfully cheap hardcover copy of this book, I figured it was worth the read. Lord have mercy, this book was hard to get into but after the first 50-100 pages I devoured it.
One of the great detriments to being a fast reader is that when there are a lot of details to absorb in a story, I gloss over them. The Bone Season is chock full of details, especially right at the start of the book, and you need those details in order to make sense of the story. (I.E. There is a chart of the levels of clairvoyance in the first few pages and, I kid you not, you need to bookmark that page ASAP.) This is not a ‘leap right in’ sort of read. It is, however, wildly unique in comparison to many fantasy books I’ve read in the past few years.
I loved this book for its uniqueness and complexity, and also especially because of how annoyed I was with Paige’s stubbornness. Sometimes, the most well-crafted characters are the ones which annoy or upset us, just like real-life folks would. Perhaps it is my ISFJ tendencies coming through, but I was so frustrated that she couldn’t just get on with trusting Warden and move on.
I guarantee that a large percentage of people who read this book really won’t like it, as it is weird for both the dystopian and fantasy/sci-fi genre. It sort of has Matrix vibes, though isn’t really like The Matrix at all, and forays into mythological/ supernatural realms that I’m really not familiar with. I do, however, strongly recommend this book for anyone who read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and longed for something far more intelligent and raw. Very much looking forward to reading the next books in the series!