The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

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Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes--those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon--are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316229296
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC JEMISIN 2015
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 5th season


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Jun 28, 2019

This review is for the trilogy, not one book:

One doesn't get to use the phrase 'parabolic depth' very often. Tolkien rates it for his epic trilogy. N.K. Jemison's Fifth Season trilogy earns it over and over, putting her in heady company.

Jemison takes on our world of use & misuse, those who use and those who are used, racism and environmental degradation, She and crafts a damningly recognizable apocalypse.

No surprise that some find it repellent. Mirrors can show us ugly things sometimes. But sometimes, we need to see those things.

May 29, 2019

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Mark Melnychuk
May 27, 2019

What a tedious, silly novel! Why did it win an award? Probably because it's politically correct. The book critics have to stop giving useless novels awards!

May 01, 2019

I read this for the "An Author Who Uses Initials" part of my 2019 reading challenge. Most of the book was a solid 3/5, I found the characters a little hard to keep track of and the new terms and language took some getting used to. I love Geology but also had a hard time believing this world, and I was surprised I didn't like it as much as I expected to. The last 1/4 of the book was a 3.5, I liked the surprises and how the story came together.

IndyPL_MeganF Apr 11, 2019

I can't wait to read the next one! Jemisin was able to build a world unique and intriguing but very familiar. It has been a long time that a book surprised me, not once but twice. This book is well worth the hype and awards.

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The first book in a truly excellent series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

Mar 28, 2019

Wow. Such an imagination. I've read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and now The Fifth Season, and in both N. K. Jemisin has created such original worlds. What a treat to read!

Mar 15, 2019


Mar 03, 2019

I asked the salesperson at a small bookstore to recommend any book in the shop to me, and promised that I would buy it. She came back with this one and I am so glad she did. I never would have found it otherwise. I have never read much science fiction as I have always found it to be predictable, with overly simplistic characters, and a love of technology-as-saviour.

The characters in this book are complicated and conflicted. The plot is exciting, the world the author created is complex and interesting. This book proves that science fiction can be so much more than what most (male-dominated) sci-fi has given us so far. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and will seek out sci-fi written by women authors.

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haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

Violence: LOTS of child abuse.


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