The Bone Sea­son

by Sa­man­tha Shan­non (Blooms­bury) at www.ama­

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

Big things are ex­pected for this de­but novel from 21-year-old Sa­man­tha Shan­non, who came up with the idea for The Bone Sea­son while on an in­tern­ship with a lit­er­acy agency in Lon­don.

It’s the first in a se­ries of seven planned books, Blooms­bury have paid £100,000 (Dh570,000) for the first novel, rights have been sold in 20 coun­tries and ac­tor Andy Serkis’s com­pany, The Imag­i­nar­ium, has bought the film rights.

Set in 2059, in an Eng­land quite dif­fer­ent from the one we are fa­mil­iar with, the book’s hero­ine, Paige Ma­honey, is em­ployed within the crim­i­nal un­der­world of Scion Lon­don to break into peo­ple’s minds.

That is, un­til she is at­tacked and trans­ported to a mys­te­ri­ous, se­cret city con­trolled by the Rephaim, a race from an­other world. Here, she is taken on as a slave, but re­mains de­fi­ant against her keep­ers as she fights to dis­cover the truth about the world she is liv­ing in and those around her.

With echoes of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Trudi Cana­van’s Black Ma­gi­cian tril­ogy this book will keep read­ers gripped un­til the end – and leave them ask­ing when book two will be re­leased.

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