The Mime Order: The Bone Season, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Clairvoyant quest stalls before intense finish.

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Educational Value

Although set in 2059 in an alternate England, The Mime Order uses language based on 19th-century slang. With an intricate backstory, the novel is not easy reading but has many pleasures for readers who dig a little deeper

Positive Messages

The Mime Order explores issues of trust and the sense of obligation between mentor and student. Paige Mahoney and the other characters constantly question what they owe each other and whether they can act for the good of their society without putting themselves in jeopardy. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nineteen-year-old Paige has been tempered by her struggles in the concentration camp known as Sheol I. She's become tougher and more cynical, but she fights to protect her fellow clairvoyants from the threat of the Rephaim. She doesn't know whom to trust, but she pushes for a solution that might save everyone.

Violence

Like the previous volume, The Mime Order includes many scenes that feature violence, from swordplay to gunfire to psychic attack.The narrative climaxes with a no-holds-barred battle between various factions, and everyone from the bit players to Paige sustains grievous wounds, some of them fatal. However, the descriptions of the bloodshed are not particularly graphic.

Sex

Paige and her cohorts have little time for romance in The Mime Order. The exceptions are two scene between her and her captor/liberator, Warden, in which they embrace passionately and spend the night together.

Language

The occasional "hell," "damn," "piss," 'bastard," "bitch," or "s--t," with a rare "f--k" in two or three heated exchanges.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Jackson Hall is fond of drinking absinthe. A few scenes take place in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Samantha Shannon's The Mime Order, the sequel to The Bone Season, is an intricate fantasy -- the second of a planned seven-part series -- set in an alternate future where clairvoyants are able to access the spiritual plane know as the "aether." There's occasional strong language ("hell," "damn," "piss," "bastard," "bitch," or "s--t," with a rare "f--k" in two or three heated exchanges), and there are passionate embraces in two major scenes. The level of violence -- including swordplay, gunfire, and magical assaults -- is high throughout. The various physical and psychic beatings are not described in graphic detail, but the final chapters, in which characters indulge in a free-for-all duel to the death, are particularly intense.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byKendall.raee May 3, 2017

Very good

It is an absolutely wonderful book and I would recommend it for people 16+ years old.

What's the story?

Having escaped from the Sheol I, the penal colony run by the mysterious, otherworldly Rephaim, 19-year-old "dreamwalker" Paige Mahoney finds herself suddenly the most-wanted fugitive in London. She depends on the assistance of her manipulative mentor, Jaxson Hall, but the deadly intrigues that roil through the city's criminal gangs threaten to eclipse an even more pressing danger. Paige finds herself accused of murder, and she must turn to her former Rephaim captor, Warden, for help before considering the ultimate sacrifice.

Is it any good?

Picking up directly from the aftermath of The Bone Season, Book 2 gets off to an action-packed start, as Paige returns to London and tries to reassemble the pieces of her life. She interacts with a colorful cast of characters with conflicting, often deadly agendas, and faces constant danger. 

Gradually, however, the pace of the novel slackens, and much time is spent on heated conversations that seem to lead nowhere. Everything falls into place in the final chapters, however, when Paige and her enemies confront each other, with surprising results. This series makes significant demands on its readers, but many will find the effort worthwhile.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dystopian fiction and why it's so popular. Why do you think author Samantha Shannon chose to depict a disaster with a supernatural origin rather than a scientific one?

  • What makes a good mentor? How much do you owe someone who has taught you important lessons about life?

  • Why are readers fascinated by the notion of psychic powers? Would it be a good thing if people were able to read each other's thoughts?

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