Author: Samantha Shannon
Pro Tip: If you need a refresher on The Bone Season (trust me: you do) then I suggest reading the recaps available here on the author’s website
Provided 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: The Mime Order begins from the immediate point in which The Bone Season ended: on a train to London. Paige has traded her prisoner-status to once again become a piece of property in the eyes of her mime-lord, Jaxon. Her escape from the penal colony has also made her the most wasted criminal in London. How can she warn the clairvoyants of the deception behind the curtains of their government? How can she learn more about what has happened to make things the way they have become? How can Paige find a voice?
What I appreciated the most about this book was how the world readers were introduced to in book one has become expanded upon. (I am also happy to report that it was much easier for me to follow the mythology of the world this time around since I had previous exposure to it.) Paige knows some of the secrets behind the government of Scion, but there was also so much more history and corruption to discover now that she is back in the citadel. Because they are feared and executed for their unnaturalness the clairvoyants of London have formed an underground with its own leaders and rules. I found the workings of the underground syndicate to be fascinating; along with suspenseful once a new villain is thrown into the midst of the web of secrets. When it came to the last one hundred pages of the story I was unable to set the book down.
If you are interested in a seven-book series (seriously though, how is this series going to stretch on for that long? I admit to being wary) based in the genres of science fiction and the paranormal then I would suggest this one.