ARC Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

ARC Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
ARC Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order

Written by Samantha Shannon
(Bloomsbury USA - 1/27/2015)
Series: The Bone Season #2
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: ARC (528 pages)
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5 Stars

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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, 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 center 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.
FTC Disclosure: This book was provided to me from the author or publisher (Publisher), free of charge, with the understanding that my intention is to read it and provide feedback in the form of an honest review. I am not compensated in any way in exchange for positive reviews, and I don’t let anything other than the book's contents affect my opinions and review.

My Thoughts

I have to admit that I approached The Mime Order with a bit of trepidation. Yes, I gave The Bone Season a raving five star review, but I was nervous that book two would not tickle my fancy as much as the first one had. Well, I’m here to tell you that I FREAKING LOVED IT.

This book picks up right after the events at the end of The Bone Season, so you’re thrown right back into the action, and poor Paige barely gets a moment to breathe for the rest of the book. It’s pretty much INTENSITY IN TEN CITIES most of the time, and I loved every minute of it. Samantha Shannon sure knows how to lay on the tension in many, many delicious layers.

One of my favorite things about the world building in this series is that is so deep and rich. That means that this book is full of plenty more voyant types to learn about and get to know, as well as many new characters, gangs, and aspects of life for the citizens of Scion. You can be sure I made note of the scenes involving tarot cards; and one of my favorite scenes involves a different type of seer that was just fascinating!

Look, clearly I am having trouble expressing how much I loved this book and all of the many, many things about it that are freaking awesome. So, let’s say the book starts at about here (imagine my hand is level with my chin). And throughout the story, things slowly escalate until there are multiple hands in front of my face around the range of my eyes and forehead. And then HOLY SHIT, basically like my arms are ripped off because I can’t even lift my hands that high anymore and it’s like OH MY GOD, DUDE, DID YOU JUST SEE THAT?!

In essence, The Mime Order takes everything I loved about The Bone Season, throws it into a maelstrom of WHOA, and the end result is the scariest, coolest thing ever and I can’t believe I’m going to have to wait so long to read the next book!

And for your listening pleasure…

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Read 16 comments

  1. I’m serious, I’m getting my head in the game and am starting this tomorrow. It’s time. I read about a third of it in arc form and I absolutely ADORED IT. THE WORLDBUILDING WAS DELECTABLE. I can’t wait to finish it! (Especially now that the pretty finished edition calls to me).

  2. I’m thrilled that we felt the same way about The Mime Order! Isn’t the way the world opens up in this book just FASCINATING? I loved being in Scion London, and seeing what the Underground there was really like. Cannot waaaait to read the third one!

  3. Is it bad of me to admit that I hadn’t known this book was in a series until this review? I just knew a lot of people loved this book, but it looks like I need to go back to the beginning! I am glad you liked this one just as much (and possibly even more) than the first in the series!

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