The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780316229296
0316229296
Branch Call Number: JEM
Characteristics: 498 pages :,map.

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The disastrous side of geology, meterology, hydrology, and ecology. Apocalypse from below rather than above. [Also available as an eBook and eAudiobook.]

Kameron Hurley read alike - Broken Earth Series #1/3

I didn’t even read the back of this one. If it’s Jemisin, it’s good enough for me. But if it matters to you…this is the first in the Broken Earth series and the setting is a post-apocalyptic science fiction world. Many reviews mention that having the second book, The Obelisk Gate, already on hand... Read More »


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a2mayer
Nov 14, 2020

I chose this book because I am a fan of climate fiction and world building fantasy, The Fifth Season offers both, and so much more. N.K. Jemisin’s writing is lyrical as she pulls you into her complex narrative. The Fifth Season is a gritty page turner, filled with emotion. I’ll definitely be reading book 2.

Hillsboro_RobP Aug 27, 2020

Wholly original, absolutely genius, and utterly devastating. It's a slow-moving volcano of magical geology, family, apocalypse and hope. It starts with so many questions- the narrator speaks with colloquial jokes, directly addressing the reader out of time, but the characters are completely immersed in their incredibly built world. You won't love any of these people, but you will follow their stories, and marvel at the things they do, and the places they go. There is nothing quite like it in the genre.

I'm in. I need the next one. But I would give this warning to would-be readers: Jemisin's work is as soul-crushing as it is wondrous. It's dark, graphic, and adult in every way. Still, it's one of my favorite fantasy works to date.

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RebelBelle13
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.

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hteshomee
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.

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Gareldb
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.

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VladTheGreen
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)

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lindahil
Apr 19, 2020

1st book of trilogy

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nealvora1
Apr 03, 2020

Awesome. Fun read. Great page turner.

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SherryMarieJ
Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR. book 1

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gwendae
Jan 24, 2020

first book in the Broken Earth Trilogy

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mnoelbosco
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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