My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The Bone Season could be fantastic for some dystopian/fantasy readers because it is impressive with its intricate and many layered world, bringing together the supernatural, the otherworldly, and the dystopican futuristic society for an interesting mix. However, the characters and even the story line weren't anything new--I feel like I've seen them before. While they were delivered in a complex, detailed, and unique packaging, the familiarity was unmistakable. .
This book got a lot of hype, and for the fantasy-dystopian-romance loving crowd, it could be enjoyable on some level. The slow pacing and building of the story was well done. But while the author must have a powerful and admirable imagination, she relied too heavily on complex detail and wordiness to recycle the story. Because of that, it was underwhelming and drudgery more often than it was intriguing and unique. Skimming or not remembering every single character's name (both things I couldn't help doing) won't be detrimental to following the action of the book. However, I still think that this book could hit the right note with the right readers, but that reader just wasn't me. There was some fast-paced action toward the end that made things more exciting, and if you did end up liking it, I bet you'll be pleased to hear there's a whole bunch more coming!