The Fifth Season
This is the way the world ends. Again. Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire... show more
This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
Publish date: 2015
Pages no: 500
Edition language: English
Series: The Broken Earth (#1)
"Back to the personal. Need to keep things grounded, ha ha"in "The Fifth Season" by J. K. JemisinSurely most decent SF is unique, each story is different from other stories, each writer is different from each other writer? Most of the speculative/dystopian/ science fiction I've read has been written...
This was a great fantasy read and worthy of the Hugo award. The story takes place in what appears to be a very distant future earth where geologically the earth is always threatening to bring a catastrophic event that would lead to widespread death and destruction (a "fifth season"). There are multi...
I don’t always agree with hype and I don’t consider a Hugo a guarantee I’ll enjoy (or even rate) something. So let me go on record now: I’ll read anything N K Jemisin writes in future on the strength of The Fifth Season. Every accolade it has received is well-deserved; it is staggeringly good in eve...
After a rather confusing start, NK Jemisin once again delivers the inventive speculative fiction that I love. [spoiler] I was confused about the timeline of the story and how the 3 viewpoint characters were connected. But about 1/2 way through the text confirmed that the story was showing 3 diff...
I don't think I can fully review this book without spoiling it, and that is just something I do not want to do. I went into this book knowing nothing about it other than it won the Hugo, was nominated for numerous other awards (Nebula, Locus, Kitschies, Goodreads), and would probably be well written...