Title: The Mime Order
Author: Samantha Shannon
Published: 27th January 2015
⭐️ 5 / 5
N.B This review is taken from my previous blog Theatre and Movies and Books, Oh My, which was deactivated in 2016.
The Mime Order is the long awaited sequel to Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season, and my most anticipated read of this year. I have really been looking forward to catching up with the characters and this book did not disappoint. As this is a review of a sequel, it may contain minor spoilers for the first book in the series so proceed with caution.
The Mime Order continues mere seconds after The Bone Season finished, with Paige and the gang speeding away from Sheol I and back to London. This book follows Paige re-adjusting to life in the city with the knowledge of what she learnt in the penal colony. Will she be able to return to her life before she was captured, or will she expose that Scion is a puppet government under the control of the other-worldly Rephaim? The plot of this book is a lot slower than The Bone Season as there is little of the action experienced in the first however I was still completely gripped with the twists and turns and the character development. There is so much world building to enjoy. We learn a lot about the structure to the clairvoyant underworld of London and the Scion regimes in place in the city. I really enjoyed this as it built on the snatches of information we gained in the first novel. I was also able to see that this book sets up where the series is heading and how that is going to happen which makes me excited for the rest of the series.
The characters undergo as much development as the world building and we start to see hairline fractures in relationships and groups that weren’t explored in the first book. This almost makes the characters more real as we are able to relate to the politics of a friendship group and how most friend groups naturally split down into pairs or trios of closer friends. We are able to understand character motives much better which hints at some exciting developments later in the series. I really enjoy the character chemistries and interactions. There’s love, friendship, backstabbing and all sorts at work here and it was fun to read a novel that seemed to focus a lot on developing and fleshing out the core series characters rather than taking big leaps to advance the arc of the series as a whole. This has definitely been my favourite of the two books that have been published so far.
As with book one, The Mime Order is written brilliantly. Samantha’s writing style flows beautifully and leaves you desperate to turn the page to read more. The narrative is intriguing, expertly woven, and ebbs and flows perfectly to keep us reading. Following the cliffhanger of The Bone Season , which left us thinking ‘now what..?!’ I thought that couldn’t be topped. I was wrong. This book ends with the most horrifying, and therefore genius, cliffhanger I have read in any book. The final sentence is the biggest WTF moment (do NOT read it in advance because it will destroy everything) and I LOVED IT. Don’t get me wrong, this means the wait for book three might just break me, but wow, what a way to keep readers on their toes.
I really enjoyed this book and I am desperate to read the next one. Let me know if you’ve read this series yet, and if not I recommend starting asap!
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… As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, 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 centre 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.From Waterstones website – I am not affiliated with this, or any other, bookshop.