The Bone Season
by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury) at www.amazon.com
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.