The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

eBook - 2015
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Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316324977
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
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AL_KASEY Mar 13, 2018

The first novel in "The Broken Earth Series," "The Fifth Season" tells the story of an empire collapsing and a woman trying to find answers about her husband's murder and her daughter's kidnapping.

The first in the Broken Earth series, this is a dense, richly imagined world of high fantasy and science fiction that brings the lens of visionary fiction to an intentionally diverse cast of characters. Jemisin is a rising star in the literary world.

AL_ALYSONC 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.

AL_SUMMER Sep 15, 2016

Recent Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin introduces a dark but beautiful world torn apart by rifts and quakes in the first book of her Broken Earth series. Tossed into the turmoil, I found myself desperately turning the pages to discover the fates of the characters. Be prepared to pick up the next i... Read More »

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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.

Mar 20, 2018

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

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.

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.

Sep 14, 2017

This. Is. Epic.

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.

AL_ALYSONC 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.

JCLCourtneyS Mar 10, 2017

I can understand why some people love this book. The world Jemisin builds is lovely and rich, and her writing is pretty (though I had trouble getting through it at first). When I got to the end of this rather lengthy book, I felt that a lot more of the book's many storylines should have seen some resolution. It's really more of a lengthy prologue in feeling, and my own plot-driven reading tastes were not satisfied by that.

Dec 25, 2016

"His father has beaten him to death here." That, on page 10, was about Uche, a three-year-old. I bailed at that point.

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