The Mime Order: Review + Giveaway

February 19, 2015 2015, 5 star books, adult crossover, dystopian/post-apocalyptic, giveaway, paranormal, sci fi or futuristic 51 ★★★★★

The Mime Order: Review + GiveawayThe Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
Series: The Bone Season #2
Published by Bloomsbury on January 27, 2015
Genres: adult, dystopian, science fiction, urban fantasy
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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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.

Well, this one took me completely by surprise. I had enjoyed The Bone Season, but with reservations, considering how long it took me to really understand the incredible world Samantha Shannon has built for us. It took me very little time at all, however, to disappear into the pages of this second installment of the genre bending series. At once futuristic and Victorian, The Mime Order is a fantastical, dystopian, paranormal murder mystery, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

This a lush and opulent storyworld, one that unfolds in intricate detail and rewards the reader for their patience. It is perfect for character readers and for anyone who would love a series that offers a “crash course” in the nuances of its world (like me! I am one of those people!). Reading this, and even though it is third person, I felt like I was walking with Paige through every step of the way. This once and future London is so very real.

We enter this story immediately where The Bone Season left off. Not a moment is lost and every scene of this novel is marked with purpose. Still, this is a somewhat markedly different novel from its predecessor. Whereas the first novel takes place in Oxford and is concerned with Paige’s discovery, captivity, and outbreak from the Rephaim, this novel is all too human and so very, very London. Now firmly entrenched in the familiarity of her old world, Paige is struggling to reconcile the world she grew up with versus what she learned in Sheol I.

We stalk the steps of London with Paige as she so valiantly attempts to uncover what is lurking beneath the streets. It is a Dickensian, futuristic-Victorian London and I could languish in those pages forever.  Yet there are political motives beyond Paige’s ken and they may yet be her undoing. This is a story told for those who exult in small moments, who want to explore the nooks and hidden burrows of London.

Paige has escaped the horror of the Rephaim in Sheol I, yet she remains strong in the overwhelming face of all she has learned. There is an intelligence, a strength, and an indomitable fierceness to all she approaches. Free of Sheol I, she finds herself very much back where she started. Still subject to her Mime Lord and limited to the political confines and machinations of the London underworld. The pacing may be slow for some, and I do understand that, but I relished every detail as Paige tries to uncover what is lurking beneath there in the London streets. This is very much mystery story and one I luxuriated in.

It is not at all small details and slow unturning of clues. There are twists, turns and deftly maneuvered plots that reveal themselves in due time, all the more impressive for their patience and complexity. A good part of the climax of this book is concerned with a massive scrimmage that had me gripping the book and sweating-actually sweating!- because I was so nervous about the outcome. Every moment spent away from reading (Work? What work? Work is bad and it should feel bad) had me longing to return to the pages. I carved out an entire Saturday so I could read the second half of this book in one go.

But let me not be remiss, dear readers. One of the very best reasons I love this series so much is its ship. A slow burn it may be, but what a magnificent blaze. You all must know by how I love my Strong and Silent types (and yes, I love them very, very much). Paige and Warden are a gift to me and I relish their every interaction. I can never get enough of human/nonhuman and/or mortal/immortal couplings. They are nearly every single thing I love in a pairing and I found myself grinning like a rather silly goose every time they interact. I would find myself stopping and re-reading their exchanges over and over again before proceeding on with the story. I am constantly amazed and touched by the chemistry between the two. I was not at all expecting it, but these two wormed their way into my heart and seem to have settled there as one of my all time favorite couples.

It’s interesting. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Samantha Shannon’s signing when she was here in PA last week and she mentioned a very intriguing factoid about her series. She intends for each book to have a different tone and feel and to keep readers guessing about where the story could go. Book 1 was very much a jailbreak story. Book 2 is a murder mystery and Book 3 will be a more classic dystopian/revolution story. I love this so much and when she said it it all clicked so much more in my head. Yes! Obviously this is a murder mystery! How did I not see it so plainly? No wonder there is so much time spent uncovering small details and traipsing about London. It’s a whodunnit in the cleverest and most entertaining sense I’ve encountered in genre fiction.

I’m so glad there are five more books still to come. As torturous as the wait can be, it is so satisfying to know I have these magnificent tomes to look forward to every year. When I finished this book I clutched it to my chest and wanted to re-read both volumes immediately.  In the hands of such a gifted author as Shannon, it is a treat to disappear into the pages of this darkly alluring world. I cannot wait to revisit it again and again.

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Did I convince you to give this wonderful series a try? Can you just not resist the allure of dystopian future-Victorian London? Let us know!


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51 Responses to “The Mime Order: Review + Giveaway”

  1. Jennifer

    OMG SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK! I’ve had a chance to read the first book, and let me say, it was the definition of amazing!

  2. Ariana

    This sounds so awesome! I’ve never heard of this series before, but if Kim is so passionate about it, I feel like I have to give it a try. I trust Kim’s judgment ever since she introduced me to the wonders that are Sarah J. Maas’ books!

    • Kim

      Ariana, your comment means so much to me. I am honestly honored and touched that you place such trust in my judgment! And I am thrilled beyond belief that I was able to turn you on to the THRONE OF GLASS series!!! They are truly special books and I’m glad we can both treasure them. I think there is a heavy crossover appeal for fans of TOG to appreciate this series. And I know for a fact that Sarah herself loves this series and not just to support her labelmate. She spoke about it quite passionately and extensively at the signing I attended. I certainly hope my judgment won’t let you down here! Either way, do feel free to come back and tell me your thoughts!
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  3. Stephanie

    I truly love this book. I cannot wait to get my hands on The Mime Order!! I think a re-reading of the first one will prime for binge reading the second. My favorite part of this series is the world building. I love the parallel nature of the worlds. I also love Paige’s character. She fights for what she believes in even when she isn’t sure which side that is. People are important to her, more so than the politics. Love that. Can’t wait!

    • Kim

      Oh man if you love the world building you are in for such a treat with this book! It only gets more expansive. And it looks like this will be a trend that continues as the series goes (we will be seeing Sheol 2 and 3) in book 3. I honestly wish I could read these books all over again for the first time. And Paige is a great one. Not a superhero, just a person with an ability she’s struggling to have mastery over while also fighting injustice on several fronts.
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      • Stephanie

        I love your comments. I bought the book over the weekend because I CANNOT possibly wait, but I have to finish Snow Like Ashes first.

  4. Kelly Peterson

    Oh my goodness, I love Samantha Shannon. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have yet to read The Bone Season, but being at the signing with her and SJMaas was so wonderful. She seems liek such an awesome person and her just her thoughtful responses about London and the many different towns in Europe and the way that she sees them was inspiring. I can’t wait to FINALLY find some time to read this series!!! UGH WORK! WHY CANT I JUST SLEEP AND READ ALL DAY?
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    • Kim

      Haha I know. Also, why does my dumb body even need sleep? Why? >:( Can’t it just be fueled by books? Seems reasonable to me. And absolutely. The thoughtfulness and care of Samantha’s responses at the CCBC event are representative of the level of detail and thought she has put into crafting this world and its characters. I recommend making the time for this series sooner rather than later. Although, I certainly wouldn’t blame you for waiting a bit closer to Book 3 release!
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  5. Aila

    YES PLEASE to a dystopian, paranormal murder mystery. That sounded super interesting, and the slow-burn romance sounded like the icing on the cake. So yes, I need to read The Bone Season and cannot wait to get my hands on this too.

    • Kim

      If you enjoy ALL OF THOSE ABOVE AWESOME THINGS you will absolutely adore this series, I promise. And I don’t make promises lightly! Ah, that beautiful, beautiful slow burn that is Paige and Warden. *dreamy sigh* I hope you love this series just as much as I do!
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    • Kim

      You don’t know how happy this makes me to hear, Donna! It’s the certainly best news for reviewers to receive. :) Now, even better is if you end loving it too.
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  6. Pili @ In Love With Handmade

    *eyes her copy of The Mime Order* *eyes schedule to see when her next days off are* It’s settled I’m gonna be reading this one over Tuesday and Wednesday next week because they’re my days off!!

    I read the sampler and loved it to bits so I was already DYING to read this one but after reading your review?? I’M DYING EVEN MOOOOORE!!! And a murder mystery you say?? THIS BOOK IS ALL SORTS OF PILI BAIT AND DAMMIT IT IS NOT TUESDAY YET!!

    I am a big fan of slow burning romances and those that develop throughout a series even more! And yes Paige and Warden… I cannot wait to read more about them!! That chemistry, the doubts, the FEEEEEEELS!!!

    *pets book* Soon my pretty, soon!
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    • Kim

      Oh and now it’s practically Tuesday already! MIME ORDER time for Pili! *throws confetti* You are going to loooooooove it, I super promise. I’m practically envious of you getting to nestle down with this luscious book. And yes! It has very much the tone and feel of a murder mystery. And one set in future-Victorian London! Perfection! So many wonderful Paige and Warden scenes in this book, Pili. Really lovely little moments. I want moooooooooore. Oh, Book 3, why are you so far away from me? *somber face*
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    • Kim

      Oh mannnnnn. There are some really, really lovely moments between Paige and Warden in this book. Straight up hearts in my eyes and fireworks in my heart. I can’t wait to see their relationship develop and deepen (please, Samantha, please!!!). Get thee to reading this one ASAP! I feel you, though, on taking a while to get into the first one. I found that already being familiar with the world I didn’t have that initial period of turbulence like I did with the first book.
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    • Kim

      Well, it’s the future but has a heavily Victorian influenced vibe. It’s futuristic, 19th century London. Yeah, it is as cool as it sounds. And it’s actually a 7 book series! The wait will surely kill me.
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  7. Wendy Darling

    I’d seen so many mixed reviews for this series that I wasn’t sure about reading it, but seeing your enthusiasm has put it on my “definitely must check out” list! I’m a little worried about the meticulous world-building (you know me, I’m such a lazy reader), but everything else you’ve told me and written here seems amazing. And not that lots of world-building is a bad thing, hah. It’s me! It’s not you, bookies, it’s me! (Well, not ALWAYS the book, anyway.)

    Very curious about murder mystery in neo-Victorian setting, too. I love that the author is approaching each of her books in a different way.

    • Kim

      You know how it warms the cockles of my cold, dark heart that I’ve got you interested in this series. :) I do think you would like this series but you should wait to particularly feel in the mood to read it. Whenever the next time you feel the pull to settle down with a cup of tea and visit a lushly imagined fictional Oxford grab this book! I will say that I often find myself bored with world building description-it can be very dry and not at all entertaining. But everything about this series is organic and flows so well. It feels as though the world is building itself up around you as you go. Not dry at all, but an exploration for the reader. I couldn’t get enough of it. I see both books appealing to you. Book 1 has alternative Oxford going for it and Book 2 has the neo-Victorian, Dickensian vibe. I will eagerly and nervously smiling and cheering you on if/when you decide to give them a shot! :)
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      • Wendy Darling

        I AM very fond of Oxford settings. Although authors really need to be setting things in Cambridge, too. *grumble grumble*

        Yes, definitely a mood read. But you know, I also rarely have qualms about skimming parts that aren’t interesting to me, so we’ll see how well that works out, hah.

    • Kim

      Phew! I am so relieved there are others like me who enjoyed this one even more than the first. It seems that most people prefer Book 1? I think the incredible adrenaline and tension of the scrimmage-and that cliffhanger ending!-alone practically make this book outstanding. Add in all of the other awesome elements? It’s an actual force.
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      • Shannon

        A large part of my love for this book is the worldbuilding aspects. It was clear that the world where Bone Season takes place was well thought out, but in Mime Order we get to see so much more of it. I was also a huge fan of Paige’s efforts to publish her story. It’s nice to see characters who believe that stories can make a difference.
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  8. Eileen

    This book is perfection and I feel like anything I say won’t even begin to touch on how awesome this book is! I love the characters, the world, the storyline and just everything! I ship Paige and Warden so hard too!
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    • Kim

      Yessssssssssss. I’m so glad you LOVED it too! It really is quite an impressive world she’s built, isn’t it? I feel like I read so much fantasy that I somehow get burned out on it. The less remarkable or distinguishable books all sort of start to blend together into one generic fantasy amalgam. It takes a lot for a fantasy to really stand out to me these days, I am afraid to say. This one more than does the job, though. I’m so glad that this series deserves its success. I will be so curious about the movie when it comes out in several years. Hope they pull it off!
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  9. Jasprit

    Kim this is such a gorgeous review! And you’ve managed to eloquently say everything that I felt about this book too, although it did take me a while to get into this one, I’m blaming this entirely down to the lack of a particular character. I was literally catching my breath in the scrimmage, I didn’t know which way things would go. Also Paige and Warden’s relationships was one of my favourite aspects of this book too, I hope we get even more swoony scenes in the next book!
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    • Kim

      Thank you, Jasprit! <3 :) I am so glad you loved this one too! Most people seem to have enjoyed Book 1 more? But it was the opposite for me! Oh I totally get you, though, about that character. Honestly, I might've been a bit impatient in the beginning too--except I peeked to ensure said person's return! I'm a little bit terrible and I just love my spoilers. Assured of the return I was able to rest easy through the first half of the book. :) Oh and fingers crossed. So far the swoony scenes have increased per book. LET THIS PATTERN CONTINUE, SAMANTHA!
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  10. Natalie H

    I was hesitating about reading this one, because the first was a bit of a struggle for me. But since you enjoyed it, I might just pick it up :)

    • Kim

      Any and all sort of “struggle” that I had with Book 1 completely fell away in this volume. I opened the book and it was like stepping into the world of the pages. Just lovely. I do hope you give it a try!
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  11. Katie @ Bookish Illuminations

    I was already interested in this series, but after our chat on Twitter and your review here, I’m entirely convinced I MUST check out The Bone Season!! If you’ve given the sequel 5 stars, then I need no more swaying that this is a series to check out. And I love the idea that every volume is going to have a slightly different tone and genre–now that’s the kind of authorial choice I like–it keeps things interesting in the series. I can’t wait to get to The Bone Season and then to The Mime Order!

    Wish I could have been at the talk and heard Samantha discuss the books–but next time!
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    • Kim

      Yesssssssss. I am so excited I’ve sold you on this one! I need more people to join my white sheep army! :p And yes, I actually adore that she’s switching up the style of every book. It’s all very unmistakably The Bone Season, but I really enjoyed the switch from Books 1 to 2 and am *really* looking forward to Book 3’s revolution story. I’m so excited for you to read these now. :) I’ll be keeping a keen eye out for how you end up liking them! And you totally need to swing back through West Chester sometime soon! CCBC and The Book Barn miss you!
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  12. Carina Olsen

    Yay :D I’m so glad you loved this book Kim. <3 I.. had to DNF book one at 150 pages a long time ago :p But I'm planning on trying both books again :) Sometime. Most likely :D I do think this sequel sounds all kinds of awesome, and so many have loved it, and now you too, and yeah. I kind of want to read it too, hih ;p Anyway. Gorgeous review sweetie. <3 So happy you liked it :)
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    • Kim

      Oh I hope you do give it another try. I’m a particularly sensitive mood reader so sometimes it’s just not the right time for me to read a book, you know? I couldn’t really get into Book 1 the first time I tried to read it back when it first came out. But boy am I glad I tried again. It was all worth it for how much I lovvvved this book. When you want to be completely and totally swept away into a new fantasy world, this is the series you should reach for.
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  13. Kay @ It's a Book Life

    Reading your review gives me hopes that I will really like The Mime Order!! I too originally had a hard time following the world and everything in the first book, and even though I liked it I didn’t love it. You have now made me so excited to read this! I will have to snag a copy at the library. :) I do know I need more Warden and Paige. Great review!
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    • Kim

      Now that I really “get” everything I’m curious, actually, to re-read The Bone Season. I have no doubt the rating would go way up from 3.5 now that I’m familiar. Also, I’m very much a mood reader and this one I found myself more sensitive to than most. I tried TBS back when it first came out in 2013 and couldn’t really get into it. I’m so glad I gave it another try. And if you’re after more Paige and Warden then you are in for a *treat* in this volume. ;)
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