England, 2059. In a world where clairvoyants are persecuted, tortured and killed, Paige Mahoney is a dreamwalker, capable of breaking into people’s dreams and extracting valuable information. She works for the syndicate, a movement working under the radar of the anti-voyant system known as Scion. That is until one day when she is attacked, kidnapped, and taken to Sheol I, the, believed to be lost, settlement, formerly known as Oxford, and thrust into the world of the Rephaim, of Nashira, Warden and Emims, where she quickly learns that Scion is the very least of her problems.
Samantha Shannon’s debut novel is both addictive and enchanting, bringing to life a world of mystique and abhorrence. While other fantasy writers often shy away from the gore and horror, Shannon pushes it to the very limits, throwing the reader into the path of death, pain and truly terrifying monsters. Think The Hunger Games meets Stephen King.
But what makes this novel truly exciting is Paige; a female character with more spunk and strength than most; she is not fearless, she is not faultless, but she is believable and it is refreshing to meet a character who is both physically and emotionally strong.
You will like this if you liked:The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Samantha Shannon will be attending YA Shot, a day-long UK conference celebrating Young Adult and Middle Grade literature. To read reviews of books by other authors attending the convention, click here.