I received this book for free from Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA on January 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, General, Young Adult
Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, 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 center 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
Review: I enjoyed Samantha Shannon’s debut The Bone Season and was excited to see what was in store for Paige next. I found The Mime Order even more engaging and intriguing than The Bone Season.
There’s definitely a very different tone and atmosphere to the Mime Order, whereas The Bone Season was Paige forced into a very difficult situation and fighting to escape, now she’s fighting the society she lives in and has developed as a character into more of a leader. We don’t see much of London in the Bone Season, it’s the secondary location and most of the book takes place in Oxford, so it was great to see and learn more about it in the Mime Order. We learn a lot more about the world and rules and politics behind in the Mime Order and I thought this really worked well. The book also felt easier to follow, however at the start immediately jumps into the action from the cliffhanger ending of book one so you may wish to remind yourself – it took me a few minutes to remember what had happened and where the plot was going.
One of the characters we learn more about is Jaxon and he’s particularly compelling. I thought Shannon painted his charm despite his manipulative and selfish streak really well and bought him to life. Learning more about the mime queens and lords was really interesting too.
To my surprise, I found Warden less important to me in the Mime Order, he does have an essential role in his scenes, but perhaps because the balance and the world view has shifted away from Oxford, I was more intrigued by Paige’s understanding and exploration of her city, London.
The action feels more muted in this book, however a lot is still happening and the final third is particularly action-packed. This feels more about the politics and justice than the Bone Season did but it works. There were some very interesting parallels about civil rights and the ‘unnatural’ community. I enjoyed this book a lot and I’m keen to find out what happens next and continue with the series.