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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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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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I enjoyed Jemisin’s narrative style – which switch

I enjoyed Jemisin’s narrative style – which switches between second person and third person depending on the POV. It reminded me of Toni Morrison’s style in The Bluest Eye, which I’ve actually missed in the books I’ve read of late. Jemisin’s ability to weave story lines and arc in an engaging way is remarkable.It took a while for me to realize that the story is set in three eras. This made the geography confusing at times. I didn’t care much for the love triangle. The Fifth Season starts with the end of the world and then moves on to more interesting things. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the Stillness and its people, and Jemisin’s writing. The Fifth season is definitely making my top ten list. The Prologue was also confusing at first. However, when I finished I re-read portions of it and it made more sense.

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captivating

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

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • WarwickStudent
  • 07-19-18

Good and enjoyable book.

Be warned. The opening chapter is terrible and doesn't reflect the rest of the story. The narrator loses the weird jokey familiarity, the background music stops and the second person writing style only appears periodically. (Not something I normally struggle with but having an audiobook refer to 'you' doing things is a tad jarring at first.)

The plot focuses around 3 woman who are second class citizens subject to racism. The author has clearly written from a familiarish viewpoint but there's a reason people are told to 'write what you know' and that's because it works.

It is a little confusing working out how technologically advanced the background civilisation is. They have hydro-electric power, tarmac and antibiotics but ride horses, use telegrams, don't have guns and don't know what stars are. You end up having to sort of roll with it and assume pre-medieval tech until told otherwise.

The main characters are all stubborn and excessively close-minded. I think we are meant to put this down to brainwashing but it does grate a bit.

Overall, the story is fairly unique, the plot ia compelling, the narration is good and the characters are quite likeable. Other than my minir qualms above there isn't anything too wromg with the story. Give it a go.

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  • Mr. David Archer
  • 07-17-18

Fantastic really recommend

Normally a Sci fi fan and stumbled on this book looking at Hugo awards. Very rewarding listen great narrator

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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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  • Nick Savage
  • 09-17-18

Amazing

Gripping all the way through! Such great characters and a truly amazing world that's been built. A wonderful scene has been set and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-18

Amazing. Best fantasy I've listened to for ages.

A true work of apocalyptic fantasy, I was hooked quickly and demolished it in under a week.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-19-18

Petty good, original and with big ideas,

with drama and pathos, tho characters not quite believable. Still, enjoyed, and enough to continue with the series.

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  • paola favaretti de graaf
  • 08-14-18

Incredible

Absurdly incredible. I'm speechless. And the narrator was a dream. Best book. All the reviews are true and it's so worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-18

Fantastic!

A fantastically written book with dynamic and diverse characters. The storyline was engrossing with brought a new perspective to the post apocalyptic fantasy genre.

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  • al
  • 07-19-18

Good book though a little slow at times

The book performance was outstanding the book a little slow, but at the same time gripping. I’m looking forward to the next instalment

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  • Grzybo
  • 08-13-18

Great book. Can't wait for part two!

Story developes slowly but once it's rolling you can't stop listening. Hardest part is to get familiar with all terms.

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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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  • 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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  • uta nachkebia
  • 08-20-18

everything you've been looking for.

amazing world building, caracter development, encaptivating story, incredibly skillful narration. what more could you want?

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  • Chrissy W
  • 08-13-18

Great story

It’s great to find an intelligently written sci-fi. They’re so rare these days. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series.

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  • David
  • 06-14-18

Boring

I'm 6 hours in and have only been intetested for about 15 minutes. There's no storyline... I'm giving up hope on this one

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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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