The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, Book 1)

Monday, April 1, 2019

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, Book 1)
N. K. Jemisin, 2015

Hugo Winner - 2016

Premise: The world is ending. The empire which has been controlling the unstable earth has fallen. One woman reveals her forbidden power and leaves her home with only one goal: find the husband who murdered her son and rescue her daughter.

I should know better than to let months go by between finishing a book and writing a review, but sometimes life happens. Besides, what can I say about this book that hasn't been said? It's brilliant.

The triple-stranded narrative gives you multiple perspectives on the world and the society which are each fascinating, and it adds up to one heck of a story. The characters are complicated and intense. The magic and how it connects to the structure of the world is intriguing.

It's just really good.

There is a lot of tragedy in this story, but none of it felt gratuitous or exaggerated. It just felt tragic and true.

There's a reason Jemisin's work has been lauded so completely. This is a masterpiece.

5 Stars - An Awesome Book

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