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After reading The Bone Season, I wrote, "I might even go in for the second one." Boy, am I glad that I did. If I had any doubts about this emerging series, they have been calmed completely by The Mime Order. Samantha Shannon continues Paige's narrative in what is sure to become an epic saga. I can already picture the books all lined up on my shelf, and it's very lovely.
So, the cool thing about Mime Order is that it gives the reader an in depth view of the political system that I had so many unanswered questions about when I finished the first book. The detail included in the many layers of Paige's world was absolutely stunning. I found myself thinking of the Harry Potter series and the complexities within its world, and it's possible that the two are on about the same level.
And oh, the villains. They're written so that we love to hate them, though distinctions are complicated as the plot drives on. Betrayals are, understandably, common in Mime Order. There are so, so many loathsome characters that emerge here. At points, the enemies have the story at a stalemate - very frustrating and suspenseful for the reader, but Paige always finds a way to get things going again. She's very resourceful that way.
The ending had me immediately asking questions, which is what a good ending should do. I also felt a sense of closure as the final events unfolded and that very last line got a "You've got to be kidding me" yelled aloud to my empty living room. Really though, should have seen that coming, it makes sense. Never liked him anyway, so I'm glad that I don't have to try to like him anymore. I will be interested to see where the next book goes. It doesn't seem like Paige is going to be making progress any time soon.