Last week, Samantha Shannon’s first novel, “The Bone Season,” was released with no want of hype. The 21-year-old Oxford University alumna’s book has been touted as the next “Hunger Games,” and NBC’s “Today Show” made it the first read for its new book club. Shannon’s publisher offered her a deal rarely heard of, except for novelists like J.K. Rowling (and comparisons have been drawn there, too): seven books, six figures and a movie.
Does “The Bone Season” live up to the high expectations set for this young writer?
Shannon has created a world familiar in fantasy lit: a dystopian future. Her headstrong narrator is named Paige Mahoney. It’s 2059, and Paige li