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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Nebula Award 2018.

An Amazon Best Book of the Year.

Shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018.

Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2018.

The incredible conclusion to the double Hugo award-winning trilogy that began with the The Fifth Season.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every outcast child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.

©2017 Little Brown (P)2017 N. K. Jemisin

Critic Reviews

"Amazing." (Ann Leckie)

"Breaks uncharted ground." (Library Journal)

"Beautiful." (Nnedi Okorafor)

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This is a very special read

I am a geologist that enjoys fantasy books. I have not found a better yet.

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 07-27-18

Get ready for more travelling.

I thought the endless travelling in book 2 was filler but you could cover the first five hours of this with 'uneventful travelling happens'. I don't know why magic only happens in one place on the stillness or why no-one headed there earlier but everyone is heading there now.

There are also a bunch of new characters and a new perspective introduced which is a bit annoying for a final book. This new perspective is set in obelisk-builder times and covers why the Earth is so angry. Not super interesting and could have been shorter, the stupid levels of evil and racism are about standard for the series.

I also started to notice in this book that all the strong, clever, independemt characters are women (and Tonkee) and all of the mental cases and otherwise disabled are men. I hadn't noticed before because the narrator struggles with male voices but once I did it was so predictable that it was actually laugh out loud funny. Like: Oh, they've come across an independent bloke, what's wrong with this one? Actually, he's lost both his legs! etc. etc. I think the author struggles writing men.

The plot was dull too, spoilers for book 2 but you are either going to get the Moon in orbit or crashing and frankly neither seems bad. The Earth is pretty messed up and could be euthanised or a super racist society is saved.

You'll also get endless anecdotes about how the ragas are heroes and sacrified themselves for everyone around them. We know they ice people and leave tons of people indiscriminately dead. Trying to paint them as blameless heroes is boring and felt wrong.

All in all, I think the author struggled here. The descriptions weren't as good. New words amd concepts were introduced to fill gaps. The characters don't evolve or change. Nothing really happens until the last half an hour or so and even then it isn't exciting. I would recommend Fifth Season to friends but I'd give them a synopsis of the last two books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-18

Incredible!

Just phenomenal stuff, the characters are immense, the world building rich and hugely detailed. Just sad I've reached the end. I look forward to sharing with my Daughters when they're a little older.

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  • fergus grant - stevenson
  • 04-07-18

Brilliant series! Excellent Narrator

Brilliant series! Excellent Narrator. Good story concept and engaging characters. Well worth listening to. I have been raving about it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-18

wow

wow and wow and wow again until fifteen words have been used in this review.

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  • spellacl
  • 11-12-17

Great Series!

Listened to nine hours of this book over two days. Fascinated about how it was going to end! Really enjoyed the series! Found this book slightly slower than the first two.

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  • Katerina
  • 10-25-17

Fabulous story, fabulous narration

I just listened to all three books of the trilogy back-to-back and it was a wonderful time. I’m sad it’s over.

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  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
  • 09-20-17

Very good and not what I expected

I think this is the best written of the trilogy. I wasn't expecting much from the plot when I started listening but there's lots of interesting plot going on. The writing is a little slow and the narration, whilst excellent, is also a little slow but other than that I really enjoyed the book.

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  • midian
  • 08-23-17

a good ending

I think the second was the strongest in the trilogy, but this is still intriguing. Not as fully satisfying a conclusion as I would have liked, but still a powerful tale.

A bit confusing at times as the change in character's "voice", which is easily visible on the page, is not formally signalled to the listener.

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  • A. Kane
  • 11-01-17

Perfect narration

Fantastic conclusion to a great series, though a bit slow and complicated in parts. Definitely worth pushing through those parts to get to the ending though. Satisfying.

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  • emmoff
  • 09-07-17

Brilliant Trilogy

Achingly brilliant post-apocalyptic sci fi fantasy. I am overawed by the depth and complexity of this trilogy. The destructive force of the planet matched only by the destructive force of prejudice directed at those who could actually save the planet.
If your young daughter has the magical ability to cause earthquakes how do you ensure that she controls and doesn't use that gift, because you are in hiding and the consequences of being found out are dire. In book 3 the fate of the planet pivots on the dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship created by this circumstance. The climax of this book more than equals the often harrowing journey. Flawed characters and the reason for their flaws. Listening to these books was a fabulous experience. Such warmth and depth and originality and heartache.
N.K. Jemisin you rock (no pun intended)! I predict you get the Hugo for this book - that's a well deserved 3 for 3.
Excellent narration by Robin Miles.

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  • BearCub
  • 03-06-18

Incredible trilogy!

These books were incredible!! If you’re a fan of post apocalyptic novels, you will love this series!!

The story was engaging, brutal, funny, truthful, awesome.

I loved it.

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  • Ashlea Broomfield
  • 12-05-17

Great trilogy. Awesome story. Voice performance variable

This trilogy was so cool
Voice performance confusing at times and had to repeat some sections to figure out who was talking. Variations in accents from each character.

Story had me hooked!