The Mime Order (#2) by Samantha Shannon
Published by: Bloomsbury on January 27th, 2015
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopia
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This sequel to The Bone Season, picks up right after it left off. The pacing was a little slow but I loved getting to understand the world of Scion and more about the characters of The Seven Seals.
The Writing – I don’t think whoever was in charge of editing this did a good job. There were a lot of grammatical/spelling errors that I noticed. For example a sentence started with ‘They” instead of “The” which threw the whole sentence off. This is why I docked .5 from the rating.
The Characters – I love Paige as a protagonist. She doesn’t have that whiny self pity inner monologue. She knows her limits and doesn’t think that she is able to do everything. The Seven Seals were in this novel more than the first. It was nice to get to know the other characters and more back stories behind some of them. I still think that it is really cool that she named one of her characters Danica. It’s unusual to see my name places. It was also interesting to hear the backstory of the Rephaim. I was getting an “A Clockwork Orange” vibe with Jaxon. Anyone else? He kept saying “O my lovely”.
The World – In the first book we don’t really get a whole lot out of what this Scion London is all about. This book fixes that. We get to learn about how it works and know the many different parts of it. Also this voyant-class system is such an interesting thing to read about.
The Plot – I don’t want to give too much away. The first half of the book was a little slow but it was setting the story up for the second half which was amazing. You go from casually reading the book then all of a sudden the action picks up and you can’t turn the pages quick enough to see what happens next. That ending was fantastic as well.