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 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, NY :, Orbit,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316229296
0316229296
Branch Call Number: FIC JEMI
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm.

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A science-fiction and fantasy writer, Jemisin's Broken Earth series has made her the only author to have won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in three consecutive years for each of the books in the series.

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Linyarai
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.

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rgesch14
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!

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wildfireheart
Mar 15, 2019

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CJTroffe
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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danielpslavik
Jan 22, 2019

August Bookclub Book

DPL_Graham Jan 10, 2019

The world of “The Fifth Season” is set on a massive continent that is plagued by earthquakes, giant volcanic eruptions, and catastrophic events that threaten to cover the sun. The people of this world know this and both love and fear the earth. Ten Commandment style rules are made so that when one of these horribly destructive seasons, a Fifth Season, take place, as many people as possible are able to survive. It could be 1, 10, or 20 years while the sun is blotted out and the ability to grow and harvest foods is extremely reduced. Massive food and supply caches must be maintained. Comms (small communities) constantly prepare for ruin.

It has been many centuries since the last major Fifth Season thanks to the current dominate civilizations, the Sanze Empire, harnessing those who are attuned to Orogeny. People with Orogeny are both feared and needed as they can both quell and manipulate the earth for good and bad. Enslaved and controlled, they are sent on missions across the continent to keep the Sanze Empire safe. In this novel, two Orogeny’s find themselves linked together and compelled to throw of their shackles and overthrow their masters.

Jemisin’s world building is articulate, encompassing, and her words flow smoothly on the page. Her dirty, smoky, dangerous world is brought forth clearly in this first book of her three book series. As a Fifth Season is ignited at the very beginning of the novel we get the chance to watch chaos unfold, those with Orogeny fight for independence, and conflict between Orogeny, their handlers, and the people of the disturbed continent explored and setup for more explosive action. If you are looking for a fantasy series to explore, look no further. With the third book in this series just released this fantasy series is waiting for you!

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dcarcia
Jan 06, 2019

Overall: I liked Jemisin's concept and some of the characters; Jemisin skillfully depicts how this world's harsh physical environment (and the magically gifted characters) has spawned descriminatory, insular communities as the norm. The second person narration (for the entire book) was somewhat distracting for me; some of the action was great, while other scenes- not so much; multiple-perspectives (a key structural component of this book) and major reveals were good, but not great IMHO. Jemisin has created an incredible world, some interesting characters and outrageous action! I'm glad I read Fifth Season, though I will probably pass on the rest of the trilogy...

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Natashastales
Dec 16, 2018

Damaya, Syenite, and Essun are characters who will bring the reader into their mind and heart. The writing was beautiful and illustrative. Seeing the three dimensions of Essun as a middle-aged wife and mother, and as a child (Damaya) and a young adult (Syenite), opens up the mind to understand how she became and why she is the way she is. I love how the story touched on her naivete at a young age and showing how she matured throughout. I couldn't put the book down. This is a powerful series and when Essun's story ended, I cried and wanted nothing but to see her free of everything and truly happy. N.K. Jemisin is one of my new favorite storytellers. There are many authors and writers, but few can tell a story with so much debt and imagery. An incredible trilogy with strong, believable sub characters and villians.

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Violence: LOTS of child abuse.

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