Book Review: The Mime Order

Posted January 22, 2015 by Kara in book review, Kara / 8 Comments

Book Review: The Mime OrderThe Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury on January 27th, 2015
Genres: adult, dystopia, science fiction
Pages: 528
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London.

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, 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 center 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. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on.

Before I started The Mime Order, I knew I would have to go back and refresh my memory on the details of the first book. Thanks for that, Recaptains. You see, there is just SO MUCH backstory to this world. There are lots of characters, lots of details about Scion, Scheol I, The Rephaim, Voyants, etc. And then this book goes and adds even more to it. So that’s the first thing I want to say. If you are coming back to this series, you are absolutely, almost certainly going to need a refresher course.

The Mime Order is completely set in Scion (alternate London). In fact, passing references are the only things that remind the reader of Scheol I. Most of the Rephaim in the first book aren’t even present in this one. Instead, the reader is treated to more of the Seven Seals and some other great voyants in Scion. Book two is like a completely different book. And though I liked The Bone Season, I think I enjoyed this one more.

There are several reasons for this:

1. The world is really filling out. The more I read, the more I am getting to learn about the author’s extensive world-building, planning and detailing. Everything has been thought of. You can picture people walking on city streets it is so well thought out. I’ve never been to London and I felt like I was walking through the futuristic version of it, on rain-drenched streets with crumbling, abandoned buildings. And learning about The Unnatural Assembly and all the different voyants and mime-lords and mime-queens and mollishers. It was freaking awesome.

2. This book is just really, really suspenseful. It takes a bit to get going, just like the first book. And that’s a bit of a disappointment, but once it does, it’s brilliant and it doesn’t stop. There is so much action and mystery, and it threw me for a bit of a loop. I figured some of it out but not the logistics and not all of it, so the last hundred or so pages were really exciting.

Basically what happened is this: The book picks up IMMEDIATELY after the first one ended. They are on the train going back to Scion, and they have to escape from the government, and half the book is Paige being the most wanted voyant in London and she has to hide out and try to get the rest of the Unnatural Assembly to care about the Rephaim and Scion’s corruption. That’s about all I can tell you without spoiling. There IS a cliffhanger but I wouldn’t say it’s AS brutal as the one at the end of the first book. It’s just shocking.

I loved this book. I think lots of people are going to enjoy it. If you were iffy on the first book, I think you might like it a lot more after this one. If you loved the first book, The Mime Order is quite a departure from that and it’s a very different animal but the writing is still strong as are the characterizations, so I would hope you’d love it as well. I enjoy them very much, but I don’t think they are perfect. I do wish the pacing was a little more even and if that was one thing I could fix, that would be it. But the series has definitely hit it’s stride now and I cannot wait to find out what the title for book three will be. I am fully invested in this series, and if you haven’t given it a shot yet, what are you waiting for?


8 responses to “Book Review: The Mime Order

  1. Jenny

    Ok, sounds like I need to check this series out. I do hate when I can’t remember anything from the first book and feel like I almost need to do a reread.

    • Yeah, it’s tough because there was hardly any summarizing from the first book. But the Recaptains have you covered on that if you don’t want to reread it.

    • Yeah, it really is, Kat. The world-building is so thought out and well-planned, and though it doesn’t all make complete sense, it is creative and detailed. I would love to see this author’s outlines. Hahaha.

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