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....
In Feierabiand, in the wide green Delta, far from the burning heat of the griffin's desert, Mienthe's peaceful life has been shaken....
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north....
In Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops wait the Gatherers - the keepers of this peace. Their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill....
In a war that makes no sense, ten armies fight separately against a single foe....
Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet....
A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people....
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school....
Another mesmerizing episode from the universe of His Dark Materials set in the far frozen Arctic....
All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells' series The Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld and Ex Machina....
Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe....
Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Find out....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit centers on disgraced captain Kel Cheris, who must recapture the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles....
It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict....
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens....
A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell....
This is the way the world ends, for the last time.
The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.
Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.
Can I give this 10 stars? Jemisin is a freaking writing god. If anything, this was better than the 1st book. I rate this series alongside the Stormlight Archive and have no doubts that I'll be reading and rereading them both many, many times.
The narration was just beautiful. I love the varied accents that Miles can bring to the table.
My only complaint is that the audio and Kindle versions aren't synced so I had to always make sure I switched back and forth at a chapter break. That is more than a bit of a pain.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Still living this amazing trilogy from N K Jemisin. The characters are so real and 3 dimensional, the story is fascinating–I really never want to be not reading this book–and the metaphor to our own world makes the reading a thoughtful experience. obelisk gate also somehow contains even more reveals and surprises even though it essentially picks up just where broken earth left off. I can't wait for the final installment.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does The Obelisk Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Current fave in all fiction
What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?
Mile's voice is like a massage on my ears, and her performance drops me right into the middle of this world.
Any additional comments?
Such an amazingly rich and different world. Extremely unique and a wonderful travel experience. I'm going to listen to the first book again right now.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I need book 3 yesterday!! This writer is EVERYTHING!!
I knew I'd be a fan since book one. I finished both book 1and 2 in only a few days and now I am just sad book 3 isn't ready yet.
I'm new to afro futurism/sci-fi but I can already tell NK Jamison is going to be someone to look out for. She's 1 of 3 to that have inspired me to get back into writing myself. I'm looking forward to the next book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Obelisk Gate in three words, what would they be?
This books continues the story lines from book one. The world is going through another season but this one will last thousands of years with the resulting planet being inhabitable. But the people do not accept this or understand it. It seams that the extinction of the human race is eminent but Alabaster has been to the mountain top and returns (broken and half-dead himself) to tell the only person who can finish what he started to heal the Earth. Tons of questions are answered. Revelations are realized. Nassun comes of age in this madness. Essun grows in her craft, realizes her potential and that she can't do it alone. <br/><br/>It is nothing like N.K. Jemisin's other series which is nothing short of amazing because world building is hard and that is exactly what the writer does here. Among horrifying post-apocalyptic events, dogmatic guardians who believe their evil is good, the mysterious absence and presence of celestial staples we continue to learn about the relationships of the characters, their histories as to how they came to be who they are and one I didn't see coming...Father Earth.
What did you like best about this story?
This books has something for fans of Octavia Butler, Jules Verne, world ending scenarios, dysfunctional families and of course...N. K. Jemisin.
Which character – as performed by Robin Miles – was your favorite?
Alabaster (sp?). I think Robin did an excellent job capturing his unique personality and quirks.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The constant struggle for acceptance for who a person is as a human being.
Any additional comments?
This is the third world built by this author. I don't know many who can do this. I am not surprised that the author won a Hugo for this series.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
As a follow up to book one, I found this book to be mostly filler. It was one of those books where I was willing to give the author a pass on some style choices but then it really got on my nerves towards the end.
What I enjoyed - We get to learn some interesting information on why there are the seasons. I like the idea of post-humans evolving special abilities (I think that's what happened, anyway). We learn a lot more about the different types of post-humans and their function. Nessun was interesting to see how she learns and deals with her past. I liked the interactions with Alabaster and learning more about stone-eaters. It's a very interesting world she has created.
I had hope, after book one, that she was going the direction of Mark Lawrence's first two series. The idea of a future Earth where they are interacting with old tech that we recognize. While I believe there was this tech in "Obelisk Gate," I could not determine what she was implying they were interacting with. I was especially disappointed when we learn there is magic (instead of them just being post-humans). Finding out that magic is in everything felt like - oh, it's just pantheism. It was like something unique just became cliché with these choices.
The author continues the issues with murkiness in other ways: The use of pronouns became very confusing with several choices the author made. One is the continued choice of using a second person pov for Essun. There are also sections with first person pov and others with third person but you don't know who is talking or being talked to. There are also quotes with redacted parts at the beginning of chapters. I found myself often unsure of what person a pronoun was referring to and the style felt pretentious and not well-deployed.
Another source of annoyance is the extensive focus on everyone's appearance - their hair especially. I have no idea why we should care. Is she trying to imply the movement of humans/post-humans through Earth? As an aside - also there is so much focus on the interpersonal community stuff and I just didn't see how it was relevant to the plot in the end.
The book was okay, but I just think the author fell victim to hubris. I do admire her creativity but she was unsuccessful at implementation of her ideas. She made too many bad style choices and needed more editing.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed listening to The Obelisk Gate and The Fifth season. Both I highly suggest if you are itching for a great epic fantasy. N.K. Jemisin's is something very unique and thrilling. The world she has created has an intricate design, a vast array of different cultures and relatable natural geological events. The formulation of the narrative is captivating, clever, interesting and emotional. I definitely suggest this series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Gets you from the start, surprises you along the way, and is for geologists. Alabaster.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
The utopia is Jemisin's inclusion of peoples from so many and various environments of life.
while there are many great things about this story, what keeps me most interested is the world itself. Many layers of mystery unravel here, but there is already another layer beneath. I look forward to discovering more.