The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Release date: January 26, 2015
Remember how I gushed about The Bone Season last year? The second book in the series is finally here!
It’s rare that I find a second book in a series that manages to out do the first. The only other instance I can think of is JKR’s Chamber of Secrets –Shannon’s in good company!
The Mime Order picks up just moments after the end of The Bone Season. It’s a mad dash from there to the end! We learn more about Scion London, about the street gangs that keep the Syndicate running, about the way that the mime-lords are elected. All of this serves to flesh out the world of 2059 England.
While Shannon did a lot of world-building in The Bone Season, she focuses more on character building in The Mime Order. We get to know old friends (and enemies) and are introduced to a whole host of new people.
Though it’s near impossible to sum up Shannon’s writing, I thought I would share my reaction upon reading the last page of The Mime Order —“Anyone who can manage to change the trajectory of a seven book series in 3 words deserves some sort of award”
Pro tip: I strongly urge you to try the audiobook version of The Mime Order. If it’s anything like the audiobook version of The Bone Season, the accents of the characters lend so much to the story.