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
0316229296
Branch Call Number: JEMISIN N
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 5th season

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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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coreAgogo
Dec 13, 2018

The world building and the complex characters are what drew me into this story. There are three protagonist's stories being told at the same time and each section jumps from one of their perspectives to the next. Jemisin is such a masterful storyteller, though, letting her readers steep in the narrative for long stretches that you're never confused about which story is being told. Set on a different world, or possibly an alternative timeline on Earth, with different rules about climate and geology, and clashing cultures with well-developed mythologies, the story reminded me of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series; Game of Thrones if it were written by a woman who wants to talk about the environment, race, class and gender- all of which are expertly woven into the text. The Fifth Season is the near perfect first book of The Broken Earth trilogy.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 23, 2018

Sooooo good! There's a reason that all the books in this series are award winners. Will be loved by those who like their fantasy with social commentary built in.

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ChrisMcMil
Sep 28, 2018

Excellent storytelling: rich, complex and novel in both story line and character development. However I was disappointed to find that it is definitely pure Fantasy rather than Science Fiction (which I would have preferred). That will teach me to pay more attention to the reviews!

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KristineLeger
Sep 26, 2018

I loved this book, and its sequels, for beautiful world-building and vibrant characters. Fantasy is not my regular genre but I felt completely immersed in this series. My favourite fantasy read since Game of Thrones.

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jessica_renee
Aug 24, 2018

This is the first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy. N. K. Jemisin has won a Hugo Award for best novel THREE YEARS IN A ROW for all three books in this series. I am recommending this book to everyone. If you're reading this you should stop what you're doing and request this book now. And then the next two in the series. And then let me know what you think of it...I'm dying to talk about it.

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potterbond007
Aug 05, 2018

The story jumps all over the place and the world building was a bit steep for me. The first hundred pages, I did not have a clue what was going on. I felt like the book ended too fast once I started to understand something of what was going on. Every conversation is interspersed with the character's thoughts and nothing is ever an easy affair. Overall, I am going back to Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson. I also need to look at the Game of Thrones books. I do not not know if I would be picking the sequel to this anytime soon.

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