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The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin
The Fifth Season
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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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780316229296 (0316229296)
ASIN: 316229296
Publisher: Orbit
Pages no: 500
Edition language: English
Series: The Broken Earth (#1)
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Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
1.5 The Fifth Season
I seriously begin to wonder what kind of problem I have with hyped books. Because this is another one of these books that almost everybody loves and I just didn´t feel the love for it at all. One problem may be that I´m not the biggest fantasy fan, but there are some fantasy books out there that I d...
By Singing Light
By Singing Light rated it
0.0 Complex and haunting adult SFF: Oyeyemi and Jemisin
Spoilers for The Fifth Season below! I wanted to take a look at two books which fall on the literary end of speculative fiction, but which are also very aware of the genre’s conventions and influences. Which is to say, that they are both complex and sophisticated, while remaining very much a part of...
Thoughts of a nerdy feminist
Thoughts of a nerdy feminist rated it
0.0 Unconventional, brilliant, and heartbreaking
I loved the first line in here, "Let's start with the end of the world..." How many books do that? As first sentences go, it's definitely among my favorites. Unlike her other books, this really does not stand alone. That doesn't bother me, generally, but many people don't like that. The book does ...
Saturdays in Books
Saturdays in Books rated it
5.0 Review: The Fifth Season
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is so good. I am both glad I already have the sequel and trying to not read it because the third one isn't out. This book starts with the ...
Oliviate
Oliviate rated it
5.0 Lives up to all the hype.
Suffice to say this book was brutal and beautiful and has one of the best finishes I've ever seen in fiction. The last word is a total mic drop.
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