The Fifth Season
The Broken Earth
N. K. Jemisin
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"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun
The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate
From Publishers Weekly
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Stunning, dark and utterly brilliant
The Fifth Season is the 2016 Hugo Award winner. ANY award this N. K. Jemisin novel receives is deserved. Her terse and evocative prose guides you to the inescapable conclusions she wishes you to reach, with flawless timing and irresistable impact. Told from three points of view - Essun’s, Syenite’s and Damaya’s - the novel is sort of a history of Earth’s future, and so it focuses on two lessons:
1. Human history is based on disasters and conflicts. The history of a disaster is written by its survivors. The history of a conflict is written by the winners. Therefore, history and truth are not necessarily the same.
2. Discovering truth is like peeling an onion. What you get when you peel away one layer is just the next layer. This peeling process can be both long and painful.
As the reader, you walk with the characters of the novel, learning and reacting just as they do.
It is powerfully immediate and unforgetable. I couldn’t put it down.
You have no idea
This woman is the best thing to happen to fantasy. I can't even fully express, without sounding douchey, how effing magnificent her works are. This is the woman to watch for fantasy literature for years to come.
Incredible story! Unexpected!
Jemisin has upped her game with this book. It takes the fantasy genre into new territory. This is NOT a tale for the faint of heart, not because of sex or violence (although there is some of both) but for the gut and heart wrenching story telling. The characters, the world building, the story - all are so unexpected and unique. I can't wait for the next book.
This volume alone is a tremendous achievement, if she can keep up this level and stick the landing in the next two books, this series could become, imo, one of those critical sf/fantasy classics that will be considered required reading even decades from now.