The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Source: Library Book
Genres: Fantasy, Sci-fi
Publication Date: 4th August 2015
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 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.”
My Thoughts & Review
The Fifth Season is the first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy and I’ve wanted to read it for like forever. I don’t read fantasy very often but I’d heard great things about this series and couldn’t wait to get started.
The Fifth Season was a great read but man was it slow and a little jumbled at the start. You’ll definitely need a lot of patience to get through it, I did nearly give up but I push through and now I’m glad I did. It was well worth it!!!
I found both the writing style and story unique but did have to get used to it. I think the main reason for this was the way it was written. The story is written in a combination of second and third person, and is told in present tense. At first this felt weird but as I started to get used to it my reading started to flow.
The slow start is definitely made up for with a great cast of characters. I thought the female characters were well written. I was also really liked the side characters. they were so well done as well. All the characters felt unique and engaging. Also, N.K Jemisin has done a brilliant job in the representation of colour through the characters in this book.
If you’re looking for a book with a sophisticated magical system and fab world building this is definitely a book to read.
Although a little tough to get through it turned out to be a great read. The Fifth Season is a great introduction to the series and can’t wait to read the next book which is The Obelisk Gate.
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