The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

Paperback - 2015
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In a post-apocalyptic world plagued by natural diasters, Essun lives in a small comunity barricaded against the outside world. When her husband relizes that she and her children are orogenes with the ability to manipulate seismic energy, he kills their son and kidnaps their daughter. Against the backdrop of the end of the world, Essun follows, beginning an odyssey which will not end until her daughter is safe.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316229296
0316229296
9781478900832
9780316229302
Characteristics: 498 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: 5th season

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Berianne
Jun 23, 2016

This is an epic fantasy (not based in medieval Europe, thankfully) with a fully fleshed out world that readers should immerse themselves in. Do not (like me) cram this book into your skull over a two day period - you might miss out on the richness of the developing characters, the fine writing, and the sneaky hints hidden throughout.

There are so many wonderful things to say about Jemisin’s most recent work. Issues of oppression, ignorance, and power (in many forms) are under constant scrutiny and mingle with themes of parenthood/mentorship as well as the many different ways that one’s world can end. All of this while illustrating a society where race isn’t really a factor, gender isn’t really a factor, and love can take on less formulaic forms (without all the eye-raising that our society is used to).

All that said, while I enjoyed the characters and the ideas a great deal, this did feel like a whole lot of exposition and set-up for future books in this series. And yet, I’ll be interested to see where it goes!

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mymsy
May 30, 2016

The Fifth Season was so wonderful I was dismayed to reach the end.
"Why is it over? I wasn't done with it!"

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jessica_ebacher
Apr 26, 2016

Beautifully written, compelling, and filled with characters you rarely get to see in sci-fi and fantasy. I loved it, right up until it abruptly ended. Others may not feel the same way, but I tend to feel like the abrupt ending, sans climax or denouement, is a bit of a cheat.

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