The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Synopsis via Goodreads: It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
The first two chapter of this book were in fact confusing, but how else do you build a new world up this well? Samantha Shannon has made a fantastic world, I don't know why people find this to be a fault in the book. That was one of the main reasons I loved it! I learned so many new things from this book. It was glorious!
Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker. She is part of a crime gang in London 2059. She is known as the Pale Dreamer, and XX-59-40. Dreamwalkers are a type of clairvoyant (voyant). Being one allows you to enter other people dreamscapes and sense their auras. Any type of Voyant are at risk of arrest since it is illegal for them to exist. She is a member of the Seven Seals, a crime gang consisting of all types of voyants, and her friends. When she accendentily uses her ability to kill a guard, she is sent to a voyant prison controlled by creatures called Rephiams or Rephs. She is assinged to a keeper named Arcturus or "Warden". She is the first human "tenant" he has ever taken in. She is to live with him at Mageldan and train with him. He treats her way better than the other voyants are treated by their masters. She hates it their and she hates him too. She is not the only one either.
This voyant prison is located in the lost city of Oxford, where vicious fires and contamination warnings kept everyone out. That is what everyone had been told. A long time ago, there had even been a rebellion against the Sargas, or the leaders. The blood-sovereign was currently in control, and she was betrothed to the blood-consort a.k.a Arctures or Warden. The rebellion wasn't just the human voyants agains the Sargas, it was Rephs too. They failed miserabley and the city was destroyed by buzzers (horrible creatures who will eat any flesh and take habitat in the woods).
Now, many people are once again tired of the imprisonment, including a handful of Rephs. Paige finds out soon enough that not all the Rephs are bad, in fact, they even save her life a few times.
Paige was such a strong heroine! I found her gift so interesting. I loved her relationship with the other members of the Seven Seals and Arcturus. I really loved hot, mysterious Arcturus and his story. I found myself yelling at the book, "KISS ALREADY!" Whether or not they do, you'll have to read to find out ;). I thought the other characters, including the side characters, to tell their own story and be "side characters" all at once. This book made me smile, laugh, cry, and scream. It was perfection. I gave it a full five stars. I'll be waiting impatiently until January 27 for the sequel.