Sunday, December 17, 2017

Let's Talk: "The Mime Order" Book Review

Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Series: "The Bone Season" #2
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy
Page Length: 510 pages
Publication Date: January 15th, 2015
Date Started: December 6, 2017
Date Finished: December 17, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
Book 1 Review

While I know that the 11 day gap between when I started this book and when I finished this book may make it seem like this book wasn't very good, but it is quite the opposite. This book blew me out of the water. I shut this book after reading the last line and sat there with my mouth hanging open for a solid couple minutes. The only reason it took me so long to read this book was because I started it right before finals began and I finished it after finals, with no reading in between. In reality, I mostly read this book in two nights, at about 5 hours total. 

I'm going to try to keep this review short and non-spoiler to book 2, but there may be spoilers for the first book: The Bone Season. My advice would be to read that book before reading this review, but you won't have to read this book before the review. 

This book was long, and I think that because I read it all in one sitting I realized just how long it was. I think, were I to read it again, I would space out how I read it, but I also wanted to know everything that happened. There wasn't a lot of action, with just a few interspersed scenes until we hit a couple larger scenes at the end. That was the main reason why this book originally got docked a quarter of a star, simply because it was a lot of political intrigue and planning with little action. However, I will say that nothing felt rushed and everything felt very sufficiently planned out and the timing was very well. So, while I personally wanted more action just because I am an action kind of girl, it wouldn't have fit in. After thinking more about the book, I gave back the quarter of a star simply because it was planned and written so well. 

Oh my Warden. I love Warden so much. I'm not going to spoil anything about what exactly happens with Warden and the Rephaim in this book, but I'll just leave it at I love Warden so freaking much.

Paige is such a freaking badass. She's flawed, yes, and makes plenty of mistakes, but she never falters in her beliefs and she keeps pushing forward throughout everything thrown her way. I know that I'm absolutely going to love watching her through the rest of the series. 

Also, can I just say that the last freaking five lines of this book blew my mind more than any of the other twists and turns that happened throughout the first and second books combined. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. 

With these thoughts, I'm sure you can see how much I loved this book. This world is complex and astounding, yet never once did I feel overwhelmed or confused as to what was happening (or, at least not past the point that the author wanted me to feel). The characters are so realistic, relatable, and just amazing in general--even the villains are written so well. The action scenes, even though few and far between, were once again stunning. Overall, this book was a well-written phenomenal installment in what is quickly becoming one of my top series. I cannot wait to dive into book 3, hopefully very soon.


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