The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

Paperback - 2015
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"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)

WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2016

This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
A season of endings has begun.

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.


For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

The Broken Earth The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316229296
Branch Call Number: FAN JEM
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm

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Tauriel
Jun 07, 2018

This book is really, REALLY good. First off, using all of those different POVs to layer within themselves is BRILLIANT!!! I loved how the second person and third person perspectives just... ah. Perfect. Like a fine wine. The story itself cannot be fit into science fiction or fantasy, because it is the best of both worlds and melds scifi and magic together in a very seamless fashion.

CHARACTERS: I loved Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. Their characters were all unique and everything about them spoke of who they are and how they grew up, and I am also very, very curious about Schaffa. Anything else from my mouth can be spoilers, so, onto the...

PLOT: ... and again, anything from my mouth could be spoilers, so I will just do my best! This plot is INTENSE. Like, I haven't had my mind blown like that in a while. And it felt soooo good to read something that awesome. Following the stories of Damaya, Syenite, and Essun, as the world may be ending again, for the last time... super exciting, with an amazing amount of action, learning, and PURE GENIUS.

ACCURACY: This is a world where there is no moon and where some people, called orogenes have the power to use the energy created by seismic events (like the shifting of earth plates and such) in order to "ice" things and do quell earthshakes. Because of this accidental habit of icing, orogenes are derogatorily called "roggas" and are often killed if they are not part of the Fulcrum (clever name) because these "roggas" must be trained to quell shakes and act as virtual slaves to society, or be killed. The whole system is very intriguing, and the whole idea is really well thought out.

RECOMMENDATION: If you like scifi, you should read this. If you like fantasy, you should read this. If you like stories of family and pain and love and sorrow, READ THIS. This book (literally) blew my mind, and not very many books have done that. It is an exceptionally well crafted tale, and I can't wait to read the conclusion!

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CEG89
May 03, 2018

This book was spectacular. I think the most shocking thing about it, at first, was the POV, which was written in second person. The book explored important issues such a racism, mother-daughter relationships, and community and the author successfully embedded them within the world she created. All at once this book was tragic, suspenseful, intricate, spellbinding and horrifying. A must read.

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fledge
Apr 12, 2018

Inventive and imaginatively told, the story moves along three tracks, all of which are briskly paced and interesting. The writing is pretty good, though the author drops in register quite often, and distractingly, to conversational asides, even when writing in the third person. Imagine that. (See what I mean?) There’s homo- and bi-sex, graphically depicted, which the author calls “not living in fear,” but this is a political statement in tune with 21st century LGTBQ+ activisim, and contributes little if anything to the story.

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Tater
Mar 20, 2018

I read this because it was on the "PeakPicks" table and I noticed the Hugo Award. The award was aptly bestowed!

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fytob
Jan 24, 2018

A real page turner. I read the 3 books one after that other. This is sci-if and apocalyptic. The main charachter is a 40+ year old mother in hiding. Since she was young she believed a truth in the world which she later finds out isn’t true at all. I recommend it.

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kwsmith
Dec 31, 2017

Jemisin demonstrates fine dystopian world-building skills, and tells an interesting epic fantasy story featuring several well-drawn female characters, but I think she brings too many of her personal political beliefs into her writing.

DBRL_LaurenW Nov 30, 2017

Exceptional world-building. Or, end-of-the-world building. The themes of oppression and social justice feel keenly relevant and the narrative structure is surprising and compelling. I'm not a huge reader of genre fiction, but I enjoyed this immensely and read it in a weekend.

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cottageunderh
Sep 14, 2017

This. Is. Epic.

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becker
May 17, 2017

I would give this book 4 stars for the solid writing, great characters and the super interesting world that Jemison has created. It is a unique and fresh approach to the genre. My only complaint is that there was very little resolve to anything at the end of the book. This is to be expected somewhat considering this is the first of a series but I always feel there should be some sort of temporary conclusion to each individual book in a series. This one leaves you hanging off the edge of a cliff. Not a big deal if you plan to read all the books back to back. This is definitely an author to try if you enjoy fantasy.

ArapahoeAlyson Apr 08, 2017

What an imagination this author has! I loved the world building but had to rely heavily on the maps, character list and glossary to keep track of it all. I will be moving on the next book in the series.

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