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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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.

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.

Sep 14, 2017

This. Is. Epic.

May 17, 2017

I would give this book 4 stars for the solid writing, great characters and the super interesting world that Jemison has created. It is a unique and fresh approach to the genre. My only complaint is that there was very little resolve to anything at the end of the book. This is to be expected somewhat considering this is the first of a series but I always feel there should be some sort of temporary conclusion to each individual book in a series. This one leaves you hanging off the edge of a cliff. Not a big deal if you plan to read all the books back to back. This is definitely an author to try if you enjoy fantasy.

AL_ALYSONC Apr 08, 2017

What an imagination this author has! I loved the world building but had to rely heavily on the maps, character list and glossary to keep track of it all. I will be moving on the next book in the series.

JCLCourtneyS Mar 10, 2017

I can understand why some people love this book. The world Jemisin builds is lovely and rich, and her writing is pretty (though I had trouble getting through it at first). When I got to the end of this rather lengthy book, I felt that a lot more of the book's many storylines should have seen some resolution. It's really more of a lengthy prologue in feeling, and my own plot-driven reading tastes were not satisfied by that.

Dec 25, 2016

"His father has beaten him to death here." That, on page 10, was about Uche, a three-year-old. I bailed at that point.

Nov 04, 2016

I recommend borrowing The Fifth Season and its successor, The Obelisk Gate, at the same time -- you won't be able to put this one down, and as soon as you're done, you'll be glad that the next book is within easy reach!

Come for N.K. Jemisin's incredible universe-building; stay for the nuanced emotional themes and fun geological intrigue. Post-apocalyptic worlds are old hat in the sci-fi genre, but trust me... you haven't read anything like The Broken Earth series.

One thing I appreciate most about The Fifth Season is how intensely Jemisin describes the inner worlds of those who endure social oppression & power. The narrative dives deep into the hearts and lives of three characters, who belong to a persecuted group called 'orogenes'. Their struggles for survival and agency are painful, but important to witness -- many readers will recognize parallels between anti-orogene dynamics and present-day realities of racism, transphobia, and ableism.

The dedication ("For all those who have to fight for the respect that everyone else is given without question") says it all. Folks who care about environmental justice, racial justice, and other liberation movements will appreciate how lovingly Jemisin portrays her characters -- their complexity, dignity, and humanity.

Don't skip this one! Black women sci-fi writers, forever and ever!

AL_SUMMER Sep 15, 2016

Recent Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin introduces a dark but beautiful world torn apart by rifts and quakes in the first book of her Broken Earth series. Tossed into the turmoil, I found myself desperately turning the pages to discover the fates of the characters. Be prepared to pick up the next in the series, The Obelisk Gate.

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