Review: The Mime Order

[Goodreads] 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. 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.

I gave it 4 stars. 

The Mime Order picks up where The Bone Season ended. The fugitives of Sheol I and the some of Paige’s gang find themselves in a train heading for an unknown location in London. It’s a risky endeavor but they manage to escape the train to the tunnels, escape those and leap into another dangerous situation that reduces their party to only a handful that will later have a minor role in the story.

This escape was a great way to start this book. I was hooked, and it delivered into more and more action-filled sequences with dark plots, twists upon twists. It was ultimately very engaging and I was glued to the pages from then on. 

I much prefer it to The Bone Season. The Bone Season had a slow, confusing start with info dumping and too many concepts. It ended on a similar note, leaving me with nothing but questions about the Rephaite and Emite. This book however was thankfully not confusing in the least since most of the first book’s bewildering concepts had already been introduced, but most importantly, it answered most of those said questions.

In terms of plot, it was again fairly basic and predictable, but I enjoyed what was happening throughout nonetheless.  The surviving fugitives want only to survive in this place and maybe forget the horrors they’ve experienced but Paige is growing with unrest. Her mime-lord Jaxon cares only about himself, his money and keeping her under his control and focused on his affairs. When the opportunity arises to take control of the crime syndicate and raise the voyants to fight Scion, he won’t take it and Paige has to try, but it’s a dangerous path to take. 

Dystopian plots are always about strong, slightly different/unique main characters (mostly female MCs) that start a revolution against the tyrannical governments. At this point in time, this kind of predictability is not only annoying, but also quite frankly a bit ridiculous. (Though, again, it didn’t really hinder my enjoyment of this book.)

She survives to be in the next book so I think it’s safe to say without truly spoiling anyone that she’s successful – to a certain degree…

I’m a bit disappointed with the character development in this book, or shall I say the lack thereof? Paige is the only one who truly seems to evolve from the first pages to the last. There are some others who have to face the harsh truth of their realities and change allegiances but nothing too dramatic seems to happen to their character.  I was especially interested in learning more about Jaxon, a vicious, calculating, sort of charming mad genius. He was probably the most interesting character, and though in this book and from now on he’ll have a more antagonistic role, I’d loved to see more of who he was before the present time in the narrative – back when he wrote that famous pamphlet, in particular. 

The final events leading up to the conflict and the conflict itself were very well-done. Thoroughly exciting and full of tension. The scrimmage was just amazing, well-written to the point where you can really picture it well without the confusion that large battle scenes often entail. It was easy to follow and remain interested and I kind of loved it. (I couldn’t see that final plot twist coming at all!)

The writing is great. Shannon really shines with these different class characters and their different manners of speaking, plus the rich descriptions that really give you a clear imagery. 

Overall, The Mime Order is an exciting, fun story to read, filled with fast-paced action. It’s an excellent sequel that really outshines the first book in every way. I really recommend it. 

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