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The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

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The stunning sequel to the amazing The Bone Season which I really recommend reading first. It starts exactly where the last book finished with the clairvoyant attempting to return to London from the penal colony of Steol I. So now a life of hiding, running, intrigue and power mongering awaits our brave narrator Paige as it seems the whole of London is after her. This is dystopian fiction with a real difference, an extremely rich world with real depth. Paige wants to overthrow the tyrannical rulers, of course, but that will be so much harder here than it often is for plucky heroines in this genre. There are so many layers to scion society, attacking the government won’t be enough. She needs to start a rebellion and probably a war. Complex, vivid and compelling, it really is the best of its kind and more so. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

A must-read for me, beautifully fast-paced, and adventurous, The Mime Order is the second novel in the superb The Bone Season dystopian fantasy series, and continues immediately after the first finishes. Paige and the rest of the survivors find themselves heading back towards London, can Paige create order from the chaos? You really can’t just drop into the middle of this series, start at the beginning and experience the joy of discovery. As relationships develop we begin to see deeper into hearts, understand what makes people tick, what has made them who they are. Samantha Shannon has the most incredible imagination, this world is impressive, so fully realised and vividly clear. I felt as though I was side by side with Paige as danger threatens the very heart of everything she holds dear (in fact, to be honest, I wanted to be Paige!). Weaving, diving, and absolutely thrilling, The Mime Order continues a very special series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Samantha Shannon you might also like to read books by Charlie Fletcher, Daniel O'Malley and Brandon Sanderson.


The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

From the International Bestselling author of The Bone Season Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London...


'Hugely imaginative' Independent on Sunday

'A trailblazer for young talent ... The way Shannon's characters shift, backstab and fall are as fascinating as the twists and turns of the plot' Independent

'Goes hell-for-leather, all poltergeists and grisly murders and pitched battles in the catacombs of Camden' Sunday Times

'Imagine The Hunger Games written by London's foremost psychogeographer, Iain Sinclair ... Some of the best fight scenes I've read in donkey's years ... Wherever she goes I will follow' Scotland on Sunday

'Shannon throws you into this rich, grimy near-future world' The Times

'Language as rich as a figgy pudding, the best terminology in the genre and gripping, edge-of-the-seat plotting to boot ... Penny dreadful stories clash with electronic tablets. Victorian-style street gangs use their fabulous supernatural powers to call on poltergeists for their skulduggery' Daily Mail

'Paige escapes a brutal prison camp to face darkness and danger as the fate of the underworld unfolds' Stylist

About the Author

Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 2012 the Women of the Future Awards shortlisted her for The Young Star Award. The Bone Season is her first novel and has been sold in twenty-one countries.

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30th November 1999


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