There are some writers who stick out because of their consistent clarity of voice, insight, and unique vision. N.K. Jemisin is one of those rare people. The Fifth Season, book one in her Broken Earth trilogy, gives us a world formed by massive earthquakes and those who can protect others from them.
The book focuses on the two main characters (Essun and Alabaster) and their relationship with each other and the world around them as they try to save — or destroy — the world they know. The characters are well-rounded and grounded in the rich world Jemisin created, reacting and acting in believable and sometimes utterly heartbreaking ways. Like in her other books, Jemisin plays with perspective and ideas of how we create our identities, what makes a family, and power dynamics, without faltering into formulaic repetition.
The Fifth Season is a great introduction to Jemisin’s works, as well as a lead-in to the rest of the series. The final book in the Broken Earth trilogy comes out in August, giving you plenty of time to enjoy and catch up with this series.
Be the first to leave a review.
- Worldcon Commits to Changes After Complaints of Guest Misgendering and More - August 16, 2018
- Ghoulish: The Art of Gary Pullin, a Must-Have for Horror Aficionados [Review] - August 5, 2018
- Judy Blume Wants Your Input: Which of Her Books Should Get a TV Series or Movie? - August 4, 2018
- Struberville: Consequences of Isolation, a Haunting, Sorrowful True Crime Story [Book Review] - July 24, 2018
- What the Dog Knows: An Engrossing Study of Cadaver Dogs [Book Review] - July 22, 2018