The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon is the second in her dystopian fantasy series – it is the follow on to The Bone Season which I have read and reviewed. It follows straight on from the ending of The Bone Season and deals with the aftermath of the events of that novel. I will say straight off that I enjoyed The Mime Order much more than the series opener. Much of the heavy lifting in terms of worldbuilding has been done – although there is naturally much more to learn – so Shannon is able to concentrate on weaving a strong narrative.
What I liked
Very strong narrative. For me this worked very well in this book. Our protagonist has a clear, logical goal towards which she is working – the uniting of the clairvoyant underworld to provide a viable opposition to the Raphaim – and while there are lots of twists and turns in the way, it remains the backbone of the story. Personally, I was invested in this plotline and enjoyed watching it coming to fruition. I also felt Shannon kept the plot moving on briskly and had me wanting to keep turning the pages.
Engaging protagonist. The more time I spent with Paige the more I liked her and was invested in her goals. She is clearly a smart cookie and I look forward to continuing her story.
Mix of genres. I enjoyed that the novel crossed quite a few genres. We had the dystopian fantasy (which took a bit of a back seat this time), a murder mystery, mafia crime novel and a bit of romance.
Audiobook narration. I listened to The Mime Order primarily in audiobook and once again Irish actress Alana Kerr took on narration duties. I really enjoyed her interpretation of the book and will certainly continue to follow this series in audiobook because of her excellent narration. Here’s a sample:
What I didn’t like
Lots of jargon. This was one of my biggest gripes about The Bone Season and that continues in the sequel After a while I gave up trying to work out what kind of clairvoyant particular characters were and where they stood in the clairvoyant hierarchy.
The relationship between Paige and Warden. I really couldn’t get behind this relationship at all in this book. As Paige’s friends kept pointing out to her, Warden did keep her captive for several months and exercised the power of death over her. I just didn’t feel that his aid at the end of The Bone Season justified the level of trust Paige placed in him. I keep thinking Paige, sweetie, jump online and do a quick Google of Stockholm syndrome please. It’s also very clear that the way their relationship developed in The Mime Order is going to come back and bite them on the butt very, very soon.
All in all I really loved The Mime Order. I gave it four and a half stars out of five and will certainly continue with this series.