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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet, small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter.

Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilisation's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And, worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes - those who wield the power of the Earth as a weapon - are feared far more than the long, cold night.

Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The first novel in a new series by award-winning author N. K. Jemisin where a mother struggles to find her daughter in a postapocalpytic world.

©2015 N. K. Jemisin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Astounding." (NPR)

"Elegiac, complex, and intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)

"Intricate and extraordinary." (New York Times)

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captivating

A captivating story. loved it to the last word. it was a unique reading experience.

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Breaks every mold I can think of

I bought this book after reading a review that was mostly complaining about how queer it is, as that's usually a sign that whatever's being reviewed is something I will enjoy greatly. This methkd has yet to fail me.

The Fifth Season is the kind of book you hear about second-hand, or in hypotheticals that leave you going "Wow, I want to read that book."

It plays with structure, tone, and style in ways I've never seen before. The flow and shape of the story shifts and splits and converges in ways that are always surprising, but never absurd or unreasonable.

The world is cool as hell. A fantasy story set in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, where sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

It's dark at times, but never needlessly or excessively. The Fifth Season is honest about the ugly things, and about the beautiful things.

The narrator also does a tremendous job of narrating, enhancing and enhanced by the book itself having a narrator, which she brings to life excellently.

I am in love, and I am immediately moving to the next one.

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  • MB
  • 01-17-18

Excellent

Narrator was excellent at bringing the story to life and the story itself was gripping, entertaining and completely unlike anything I've read before. I can't wait to start Book 2.

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Very interesting world

Good stuff all around.
Not sure what I feel about the fact that none of the main characters had a normal sexual orientation.
Mostly it just felt like the book desperately tried to be very current with all the fuss about genders and whatnot.
Anyway the book didn't put too much focus on it so I wasn't distracted by it.

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OMFreakingG😜

THE FIFTH SEASON

the structure, the POV's, the characters, the world building, the way systemic oppression is interwoven into this fantasy narrative .... makes this book one you will either hate or fall madly in love with.

With this book I really needed to savour and digest everything that was revealed within those chapters about Damaya, Syenite and Essun ... to have my mind blown towards the end 😳

Since I've just finished the first installment, that sort of left my heart in ruin 😢 ... I've decided that I need some time to properly recuperate before I pick up the sequel. So far this was a truly magnificent reading experience.

#NKJemisin #TheFifthSeason #2015 #Dystopia #ScienceFiction #Adult #Bibliophile #Bookstagram #Books #Reader #Booknerd

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  • matt hall
  • 04-07-17

Well read, decent characters, plodding plot

This is an odd book. The author does a great job of world building and populates it with some compelling characters but managed to have them do very little other than wander around aimlessly. There's an occasional reveal, which all feel fairly arbitrary, and some slightly strange narrative choices which don't really work.

That said, it's certainly original and the narration is excellent.

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  • Chris M
  • 11-10-16

Struggled.

Struggled to get into this one. For me, the narration by Robin Miles was quite stilted. The muddied accents she put on for some of the characters were very strange. The sci-fi aspects of the story were very compelling though.

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  • Tom
  • 08-21-16

some great ideas but...

I felt some areas needed further exposition and the characters were never fully fleshed out... I always felt I was skimming over the surface of the story without being drawn in. what brought it home was the lack of emotion at losing certain characters, didn't bat an eyelid when they kicked the bucket.

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  • "mjl296"
  • 01-18-17

<br />Hard to get into, but deeply absorbing

Persevere through the first three or four chapters. . . . . . . .

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  • R. Harvey
  • 11-24-16

Just finished this book and I am still Confused!

It took awhile to get into this book, I started listening to it whilst dog walking. But once into the story I would end up continuing to listen when I got home and sometimes at night in bed. However, I Have finished this book and I am still Confused! Seriously, will someone explain the 3 main female characters. I thought it was the same female at different points in her life, but it doesn't quit follow if that's the case and if it's different main characters, then I have no idea what the link was. I think I may have nodded off during some key story points! Lol

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  • Zigg
  • 07-02-18

usual backdrop

Young person from impoverished background with a special gift and it’s better than the rest .... yawn

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  • MR
  • 06-20-18

Loved it

Classy writing. I won’t explain why.
At first I thought the narrator was a bit too American but that soon wore off and I liked the performance in the end.
Really looking forward to more of this story now.

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  • L
  • 05-02-18

Wow

This blew me away. I didn't think it could live up to the hype, but it did - and then some. Intense, beautiful and exciting as hell. Robin Miles may be my new favourite narrator too, as she puts so much emotion into her characters. It bought the story to life completely.

I cannot wait to see where else this story goes. I defy anyone to read this, and not fall in love with at least one, if not all, of the characters.

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  • Fritz
  • 02-27-18

Haphazard first novel.

The book clearly has better reputation than what it deserves. The storytelling is all over the place, submitting into amateurish pitfalls much too often.

The narrator is top class. She tries to keep momentum going, but sometimes struggles as there just isn't much to work with.

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  • fergus grant - stevenson
  • 02-03-18

Good premise and well written. Gripping!

Well narrated. An unpretentious but imaginative story. The central concept of an ever shifting harsh world and the talented /cursed people who can cause or prevent its earthquakes and cataclysms was very intriguing.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-04-17

Good, but not great.

At times so compelling I was up until 2am listening; at times oddly unsatisfying. I have mixed feelings about this story. I enjoyed it, but I don't really care enough to buy book 2. Robin Miles' narration is exemplary - most likely it's her voice that kept me listening at times.

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  • emmoff
  • 11-17-16

Fantastic world building

Loved this book, so unique with a stunning storyline. Jemisin is such a great writer, the Hugo Award was well deserved. One of the best books I have listened to. Narration excellent.

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  • Ms
  • 09-09-17

Great story but narrator's voice not always clear

I found narrator's voice unclear sometimes and needed to replay sections. Book was excellent though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-18

Wonderful. Alien but just within grasp.

The Fifth Season was everything. As beautiful as it is sorrowful.
Thanks N. K. Jemisin.

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  • Pamela Burgoyne
  • 05-15-18

Flat and uninteresting characters, but performances were okay

Tedious and I couldn't get engaged with the story or characters. Performance were fine, it was the narrative that is lacking

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  • Gemma
  • 04-04-18

Absolutely amazing!

Artfully plotted and magnificently pulled together in the end. I love this book!! thank you!

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  • BearCub
  • 02-16-18

Amazing. Intense.

This book was incredible. Brutal. Intense. Fantastic. Funny at times.

At first I wasn’t sure, but after the first hour or so, I was hooked.

The narration was a little strange at first, but then the story explained why.

I’ve never read/listened to a book quite so captivating and weird and... wow before.

Some parts were so ugly and brutal that I had to take a break. My heart broke.

Just... do yourself a favour and get this book. Wow.

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  • caitlin singleton
  • 12-12-17

Enjoyed it

Narrator sounded like a robot to start with, but this improved after a few chapters. I liked the apocalyptic theme mixed with fantasy.

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  • Steve James
  • 11-03-17

engrossing and nice to have strong female leads

the world and magic system very well thought out the mythology deeply engrossing.

a theme running s through the story of some untold mystery

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-17

awesome

this is a fantastic story that requires attention and it draws you in and you will find it hard to pause