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Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The second book in The Bone Season series, probably the most highly anticipated read of 2015 for me and, to be frank, only a three-star book in my eyes. The ending, however, was so damn exciting it earned a star all on its own. Sadly the rest of the novel didn’t quite live up to the first instalment.

Samantha Shannon has said many times that each book in this series is going to have a very different feel to it, so that the reader has a different experience with each book. Book #1 was an introduction; survivalist and fantastic, dystopian and almost YA but not really. (And it was fabulous.) The Mime Order follows protagonist Paige Mahoney on the run in Scion London, and has much more of a murder mystery feel to it. It’s futuristic but has a Victorian London twist, which was highly enjoyable. I just couldn’t get on with the plot.

I had a similar problem with book #1; Shannon’s plots just don’t really do it for me. They’re not bad, but I can not only see the flaws, but I can feel them, and they kinda grate. But what made The Bone Season so enjoyable for me was the high focus on the world-building. Because it was so strong (and so completely my cuppa tea), it harnessed and pulled the plot along with it – strengthening it. The Mime Order does not have the same effect: there’s far less of a focus on clairvoyance in this instalment, not a lot of new information about the Rephaim, emim, ghosts or how clairvoyance really works or came to be. This book is all about the Scion citadel of London and the politics that exist within. And as great it is to have a well thought-out world with many different aspects to it, but sadly it just didn’t capture my interest.

I lived for Jaxon’s moments on the page, though. And the massively climactic finale of this book was *chef’s kiss* amazing. Honestly one of my favourite ever endings to a novel. And though I ultimately enjoyed the read, the less-than-engaging plot and my disinterest in the main character (not to mention my active dislike for the romantic subplot) just meant I did not love this one as much as I loved the first. But here’s to the next one though, I am still very much invested in continuing with this series!


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