The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

eBook - 2015
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After the empire Sanze collapses and the vast continent Stillness becomes ravaged by a red rift which darkens the sky, Essun, whose daughter has been kidnapped by her murderous husband, crosses Stillness in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316324977
0316324973
Characteristics: 1 online resource (498 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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jessica_renee
Aug 24, 2018

This is the first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy. N. K. Jemisin has won a Hugo Award for best novel THREE YEARS IN A ROW for all three books in this series. I am recommending this book to everyone. If you're reading this you should stop what you're doing and request this book now. And then the next two in the series. And then let me know what you think of it...I'm dying to talk about it.

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potterbond007
Aug 05, 2018

The story jumps all over the place and the world building was a bit steep for me. The first hundred pages, I did not have a clue what was going on. I felt like the book ended too fast once I started to understand something of what was going on. Every conversation is interspersed with the character's thoughts and nothing is ever an easy affair. Overall, I am going back to Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. I also need to look at the Game of Thrones books. I do not not know if I would be picking the sequel to this anytime soon.

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Tauriel
Jun 07, 2018

This book is really, REALLY good. First off, using all of those different POVs to layer within themselves is BRILLIANT!!! I loved how the second person and third person perspectives just... ah. Perfect. Like a fine wine. The story itself cannot be fit into science fiction or fantasy, because it is the best of both worlds and melds scifi and magic together in a very seamless fashion.

CHARACTERS: I loved Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. Their characters were all unique and everything about them spoke of who they are and how they grew up, and I am also very, very curious about Schaffa. Anything else from my mouth can be spoilers, so, onto the...

PLOT: ... and again, anything from my mouth could be spoilers, so I will just do my best! This plot is INTENSE. Like, I haven't had my mind blown like that in a while. And it felt soooo good to read something that awesome. Following the stories of Damaya, Syenite, and Essun, as the world may be ending again, for the last time... super exciting, with an amazing amount of action, learning, and PURE GENIUS.

ACCURACY: This is a world where there is no moon and where some people, called orogenes have the power to use the energy created by seismic events (like the shifting of earth plates and such) in order to "ice" things and do quell earthshakes. Because of this accidental habit of icing, orogenes are derogatorily called "roggas" and are often killed if they are not part of the Fulcrum (clever name) because these "roggas" must be trained to quell shakes and act as virtual slaves to society, or be killed. The whole system is very intriguing, and the whole idea is really well thought out.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like scifi, you should read this. If you like fantasy, you should read this. If you like stories of family and pain and love and sorrow, READ THIS. This book (literally) blew my mind, and not very many books have done that. It is an exceptionally well crafted tale, and I can't wait to read the conclusion!

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CEG89
May 03, 2018

This book was spectacular. I think the most shocking thing about it, at first, was the POV, which was written in second person. The book explored important issues such a racism, mother-daughter relationships, and community and the author successfully embedded them within the world she created. All at once this book was tragic, suspenseful, intricate, spellbinding and horrifying. A must read.

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fledge
Apr 12, 2018

Inventive and imaginatively told, the story moves along three tracks, all of which are briskly paced and interesting. The writing is pretty good, though the author drops in register quite often, and distractingly, to conversational asides, even when writing in the third person. Imagine that. (See what I mean?) There’s homo- and bi-sex, graphically depicted, which the author calls “not living in fear,” but this is a political statement in tune with 21st century LGTBQ+ activisim, and contributes little if anything to the story.

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Tater
Mar 20, 2018

I read this because it was on the "PeakPicks" table and I noticed the Hugo Award. The award was aptly bestowed!

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fytob
Jan 24, 2018

A real page turner. I read the 3 books one after that other. This is sci-if and apocalyptic. The main charachter is a 40+ year old mother in hiding. Since she was young she believed a truth in the world which she later finds out isn’t true at all. I recommend it.

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kwsmith
Dec 31, 2017

Jemisin demonstrates fine dystopian world-building skills, and tells an interesting epic fantasy story featuring several well-drawn female characters, but I think she brings too many of her personal political beliefs into her writing.

DBRL_LaurenW Nov 30, 2017

Exceptional world-building. Or, end-of-the-world building. The themes of oppression and social justice feel keenly relevant and the narrative structure is surprising and compelling. I'm not a huge reader of genre fiction, but I enjoyed this immensely and read it in a weekend.

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cottageunderh
Sep 14, 2017

This. Is. Epic.

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