The Fifth Season
By: NK Jemisin
Plot: "This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter."(Goodreads)
This book warrants a rambling review, because there is so much that I am afraid of spoiling for anyone who wants to read the book. This book has a very unique story arch, tying all of the characters past and present lives together with an alternating chapter type. This book houses some very unique and simplistic writing that will anyone will be able to read and comprehend. This is a phenomenal book with a discussion about believing in yourself and trusting those around you even if at the moment they may seem to be against you.
The world that is seen in this novel is horrifying and vivid! This world goes through seasons which last decades and attempt to wipe the population from the earth with any means necessary, this may be an exaggerated connection that I am making but it seems to be making some comments on how we need to protect our environment and not let it disintegrate. This is a pertinent message especially now with all of the issues surrounding global warming.
I loved this book for many reasons, including the characters and extensive world building that is seen throughout the book. Simplistic and fun writing allows everyone to read it, which I would recommend that anyone who has not read this book go out and buy this and sit down to read it! The emotional punch that this book is able to pack into the mere 449 pages is incredible, by the end of this book I was rooting for each and every character regardless of their social ranking within the Fulcrum (orogeny school).
Booktube SFF Awards:
This book was nominated for this award and I am finding it very hard to choose what I will vote for, this book is on par with Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson! The world building is rich and intriguing, I cannot wait for book two! I may be voting for Shadows of Shelf just because my love for Mistborn goes far beyond the logical senses; though this is a very close rival!
Rating: 5/5 stars
I would have given more information about this book, however going into the story blind is the best way to read it to get the shock factor that is intended!
I will see you all on Friday with a fun post, and tag that I recently discovered on YouTube! I hope you guys have as great of a reading month as mine is promising to be!