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Book Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Publication Date: January 27th, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Series Status: The Bone Season #2

Pages: 510

Format and Source: Hardback, Owned

Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


WARNING: THIS  REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE BONE SEASON AND THE MIME ORDER

The first note I have to make about The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon is how bloody beautiful it is! Not only in the cover bloody stunning, but the book itself just feels brilliant! If you get this book get the hardback version. Trust me, it’s worth it. Now I shall go onto the actual writing itself.

This is so much better than The Bone Season, probably because I was already familiar to the world from the first book, so when I read this book I just went, ‘That spool must have been strong,’ instead of, ‘What the ever loving fudge is a spool?’ That helped a lot. Also the passing of time itself was portrayed a lot better, which I am thankful for.

There is more romance in The Mime Order than in the previous book, but it is minimal and is nowhere near the main plot of the book. There was more politics within the syndicate, murder mysteries, deals, and treachery, than two people making out. It was great seeing Paige back in London, dealing with the trauma Sheol I caused. She is a much tougher character now, who is not as afraid to make hard decisions.

One thing this book did do is clear up a lot of confusion I had about the Rephaim, making quite a lot I said in my review for The Bone Season sort of obsolete, for instance the part about them being overly complicated. They aren’t as complicated as I thought, we just weren’t given enough information. Also I was right to find the Emim unnecessary, but for an entirely different reason that happens to be a part of the plot I’m not going to mention, so I sort of did make that part of my review obsolete too in a sense.

Here’s some info about the Rephaim and the Emim if you’re confused about what I’m going on about, and it’s taken straight from The Bone Season wikia. If you haven’t read The Bone Season this sort of spoils the whole learning process of it:

The Rephaim

‘The Rephaim, also called Rephs, are the powerful, otherworldly race in control of Sheol I, a penal colony located in the city of Oxford. They are led by the Sargas family, with two blood-sovereignsNashira and Gomeisa Sargas. Nashira is the Suzerain behind the puppet government of Scion.

They are biologically immortal, humanoid inhabitants of the Netherworld, known to feed on the aura of clairvoyant humans.’

The Emim

‘The Emim are the purported enemies of the Rephaim. They are described by Nashira Sargas as carnivorous and bestial, with a taste for human flesh. Their existence is shrouded in mystery.’

Anyways, the Rephaim and the buzzers (Emim) are still a major part of the story in this book, but due to it being set back in Scion London the Unnatural Assembly (A.K.A. the crime syndicate ruled by mime-lords and mime-queens etc.) is much more important as they do play a part in how Scion and it’s system of indoctrination work and came to be. There is one large plot, but it is made of so many interconnecting subplots that it makes it seem so much more real and makes each subplot important. I love this because I cannot stand unnecessary subplots.

I can definitely see parallels between The Hunger Games trilogy and The Bone Season series. For this book in particular it can be compared to Catching Fire, when they are out of the games and must continue living knowing that the world is corrupt, and also must deal with more politics and doing things they don’t want to do to stay alive. Paige and Katniss are similar too, and both end up the figureheads of major organisations/rebellions.

Overall this book was the best so far in the series, filled with action, blood, politics, treachery, paranormal, friendship, romance, and whatever other themes you can think of, so I definitely recommend this series. I can’t wait for the next book in this seven book series, which I believe is coming out some time in 2016.

If you want to check out my review to The Bone Season click here.

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