A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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The occasional "hell," "damn," "piss," 'bastard," "bitch," or "s--t," with a rare "f--k" in two or three heated exchanges.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Jackson Hall is fond of drinking absinthe. A few scenes take place in bars.
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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.
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.
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