Originally anticipating a larger group, we opted for a dim sum brunch this month in Toronto’s Chinatown. While the brunch-goers ended up being a considerably smaller group, we were not disappointed at all with the delicious cuisine and book chats. I was about 100 pages away from the end, and Jenn being the only other one who read the book between me, Rhiannon and Ardo, the spoilers were relatively light. However, that being said – this IS your spoiler warning.
It was interesting to have Jenn & I try to explain the book to Rhiannon and Ardo as it sounded both intriguing and confusing at the same time. I joked that Ardo’s interest must be going up and down like a roller coaster the more we were describing it to them. There were aspects to it that we liked, but some that both Jenn and I were very very put off about – like the Stockholm syndrome that was going on with Paige and Warden. It was so obvious right from the get-go that Shannon was trying to write something romantic into their “relationship”, and even though I hadn’t gotten to the crucial point in the book yet at the time of our dim sum, Jenn had warned me there would be some moments coming up that I’d definitely react to. And that I did.
Funny enough, while both Jenn and I thought there was a lot of plot and story in this – and the book jumps right into the action – it took her a while to get into it, while I dove right in and sped through the first chunk and then completely slowed down 1/3 of the way in. The Bone Season is the first of seven books in this series and has been likened to Harry Potter. With that comparison in mind, we talked about how the world building could be just as grandiose and detailed as Rowling’s, however Harry Potter was so much easier to follow because we the readers are discovering this magical world at the same time as the main character. In The Bone Season, Paige is already very well entrenched in the Scion world and all the clairvoyance and otherworldly creatures that comes with it. The fact that the book had an extensive “organization chart” of sorts in the beginning was a big indication that this was going to be complicated.
Out of all the characters, it was Nick that I wanted to find out more about (and kudos to that shocker reveal that I truly didn’t see coming). That moment between Paige and Nick near the end was probably the only time that I truly felt invested in the protagonist. I hadn’t overly cared much the rest of the time with her wishy-washy feelings towards Warden. I hate you! …but I’ll mend your wounds. But you repel me! … but I can’t help notice you’re shirtless.. Please. With that memory of her and Nick, and it’s even mentioned in the book, it was one of her only truly human emotions and moments – and I bought that. The subsequent grieving of a failed crush was so emotional that I felt for her.
I’m curious to how the rest of the series goes, given that there was so much that happened in this one. Like Chandra, who we met up with later, I’m of the mindset that someone can tell me what happens in the next one because I probably won’t get around to reading The Mime Order any time soon. That being said, that person may very well be Jenn because she would like to check out the sequel to find out what happens. Jaxon greatly intrigues her and she feels there’s a lot more to him and his manipulative ways.
Will you be joining us in our March read of Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger?