Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) by Samantha Shannon
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Released: January 27th 2015
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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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.
(from Goodreads)

The Mime Order was a very good sequel to The Bone Season, and while it wasn't quite as good as book one, it's definitely made me want to keep going with this series, and I'm already really excited about book three.

Paige unfortunately didn't get to relax and put her feet up in this book. She may have escaped the Rephs, but she was still concerned about all the people who didn't get out with her, and the way the Rephs were controlling everything from the shadows. What I really liked about her in this book is that she actually wanted to do something. She wasn't content to just sit and hide away, hoping no-one would find her. She wanted to reveal what was really going on, she wanted to help all of the people who had been captured. And even though Jax refused to even acknowledge what was going on (and in fact, made some horrible threats and told her to shut up about it or get out), she found more covert ways of carrying out her plans, and it made me appreciate her character even more. Some of the ideas she came up with were really clever, and the thing she did at the end? That was very brave. She knew the risks, the consequences of losing, but she did it anyway, and that took guts.

Jax...well. We got to know him a lot more in this book, and honestly, he was creepy. I didn't like him at all. The way he just point-blank refused to even talk about what happened while Paige was captured just made me suspicious of him, and completely put me off. He didn't care at all what was happening in society, that the whole system was a sham. He was just concerned with his own power, and becoming a leader in his own circles. The way he treated Paige...it was like she was a precious object. He offered to protect her mostly because she was a tool that he needed. It was ack! That's why I like the fact that Paige chose to go against him and the way she chose to go against him, because of course, she still needed him for the time being, and she needed funding, so she had to be clever about her plans. Plus, Jax would have killed her if he found out what she was truly up to. She wanted to resolve issues, whereas Jax was just happy sitting on his throne. The scene towards the end, during the competition of sorts (I'd love to say more, but spoilers) was my absolute favourite part of the book.

Warden was unfortunately not in this book very much - he showed up about half way through - but I did expect that. As there are several more books to come, there's plenty of time to develop their relationship. I did like the parts he was in, though. The relationship between Warden and Paige was always going to be difficult. It didn't help that they had to hide it from the other rebel Rephs, otherwise they would never have agreed to help. It was an uneasy truce - the Rephs still hated humans, so Paige and Warden couldn't reveal what truly happened between them, and they also had barely any opportunities to be alone together. I am very intrigued to find out how they'll deal with everything (especially after that ending, because oh my God) and I look forward to seeing them hopefully spend more time together in the future!

Plot-wise, I think The Mime Order started off a little slowly. It suffered from some of the same issues as book one; a little bit of info-dumping, things like that. But I did enjoy the second half a lot, and that ending. That ending. I don't know what I expected, I kind of knew something like that was going to happen, but this was still pretty surprising and now I am dying to know what happens next. I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers. I want the next book, but the wait is sooo long.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Mime Order. If you liked the first book, definitely pick this up, and if you haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend it.

1 comment:

  1. Nope. Never even heard of this series. This Jax character sounds quite awful. Maybe I'll have to look into this one.

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