The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

Book - 2015
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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 : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316229296
Branch Call Number: Fantasy / Jemisin, N. K.
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 5th season.


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Aug 03, 2020

This book truly surprised me. Dystopian isn't my favorite genre, but I'd heard from so many people how amazing this series is, and determined it was well worth a try. One third of it is told in second person, which in itself was a bit of a shock, as that isn't the normal choice for fantasy. It worked well with the story, and wove well with the other two viewpoints which were third person. I suppose perhaps I've been reading too much YA fantasy lately, since this book was dark and pulled zero punches. Many people died and there were sex scenes in detail (just a heads up to anyone who is thinking about reading it). The diversity in here is well done and feels natural- not a plug in for someone to fill their bingo card- authors, please take note. There was zero exposition, too. You're thrown in the deep end and expected to swim. The author treats the reader like an adult and knows you will figure it out, without holding your hand. The magic system is interesting. They call it Orogeny, and it's really like earth moving or earth control. The setup of the world feels slightly inspired by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, with the school to control the magic users, and the users are seen as dangerous, yet looked down on at the same time, the world is coming to a violent end, etc. It read quickly and I definitely had fun with it. I'm not sure in what direction the plot is headed from here, but I'm willing to go along for the ride.

Jul 30, 2020

So the first 260 or so pages were basically world building and character development which seemed slow to me, but afterwards.. it comes together and makes sense. Definitely liked how the book had many "twists" or things that came together. Will definitely read the next book and planning to finish the trilogy. Worth reading!

Also, interesting and unique writing style, but that is what made the book interesting. You don't really know what is happening until you keep reading or the end haha.

Jun 18, 2020

I found this book semi-interesting but the pace was awfully slow. The character development and world-building was good and very descriptive. I found the characteristics of the powers of the various people to be interesting as well as how people with those various powers interacted and how societal hierarchies were affected. I found it a bit confusing the way the story involved parallel paths of the same character in different times of their life and felt like it would have been a better story if told either more linearly or with flashbacks. I enjoyed the book well enough to give the next book in the series a shot but my expectations are not very high.

Jun 01, 2020

A friend recommended this book, he did not tell me much more than in this world the Earth is trying to kill humans by earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and there is this group of people that have the power to control the movement of Earth, but they are treated like freaks and feared as demons until they are trained to be at service of the dominant class. Sounded really interesting, and the book is better. The way the story is told in this book is engaging, interesting. What the hell happened to Earth?
By the way, there is a glossary at the end of the book to figure out certain terms you will find in the story (I did not get it until I finished reading the book)

Apr 19, 2020

1st book of trilogy

Apr 03, 2020

Awesome. Fun read. Great page turner.

Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR. book 1

Jan 24, 2020

first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy

Dec 30, 2019

first book of the Broken Earth trilogy

Dec 27, 2019

Rec by Emily Cook Dec 2019

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Mar 05, 2020

Sexual Content: Implied and mentioned sexual abuse of children (Not explicit). Dubious consent between adults (characters are not forced, but strongly pushed into reproducing)

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

Violence: LOTS of child abuse.


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