The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season / The Obelisk Gate / The Stone Sky
This complete collection would be a great gift for any occasion and includes The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky.
This is the way the world ends for the last time...
A season of endings has begu ...more
At the heart of this saga are the orogeny, who can literally move mountains, those who despise them and those who "use" them. There is deeper magic here and Jemisin does an amazing job of changing point of views and, rather than using flash backs, she tells stories in different time periods, but weaves them all together to mesh into a fantastic ending in the final book.
To repeat from my revie ...more
First I have to say, I am very glad that I did not read any reviews of this series before reading... though it seems hypocritical since I’m now leaving a review myself. But if I had, I would have had advance warning of its grimness and likely would not have picked it up. I tend not to go for stories that are overly dark.
And yes, this series is dark and grim and full of suffering, but there a ...more
The Broken Earth gives us a vastly-scaled vision of global environmental ...more
This trilogy hit me so deeply because I can personally relate to so many of the core themes. Thank you Ms Jemisin for this tour de force that tells a deeply personal story set agains ...more
Perhaps I should have expected this, but the trilogy is better than each of the individual books. Taken as a whole, the story arc is powerful, engaging, and (I think) groundbreaking. Each character has something with which the reader can identify, some trait that emphasizes his or her humanity to varying degrees. The world-building is top-notch and epic in scope.
My only complaints are (1) present tense throughout (I realize this is a personal, subjective thing), (2) the first and third book are...more
Jemisin's work tackles themes of bigotry, othering, and prejudice in direct ways entirely refreshing in a genre too often obsessed with tackling these subjects through allegory, which can be obfuscat ...more
Update: This book is grim, so if you can't handle grim, it's not for you. It's sad, lots of people who don't deserve it die in horrible ways, there is violence, there is cannibalism, there is ecological and personal disaster. It's still great, but it's grim. ...more
More than anything to me, the series explores the many flavors of dysfunctional relationships, attachments, and manifestations of love. There are not really any good examples of functional relationships in the story, so the narrative can be a bit dark and depressing, but it’s psychologically fascinating. The manifestations of love include such things as– devotional love to an abusive but predictable and genera ...more
The premise and plot are good but not wildly different from other epic fantasy, and it is a bit slow in parts, but the characters and their emotional journeys and how those journeys are told are what makes this series stand out. Pretty much every race, gender spectrum, sexuality, (even hair type) etc. are present, without any characters seemingly shoved in just ...more
Don't get me wrong, it was indeed well-written and contains rich, origin ...more
The setting and world building is great. It's mysterious and horrifying, especially because it's so easy to relate to, and the author does a great job of introducing it in a natural way without shoving a ton of information in the reader's face.
I was not entirely in love with the second person po ...more
Society regards orogenes with suspicion. Their powers are fiercely regulated and regarded with suspicion, even terror; orogenes learn to fear themsel ...more
'The Broken Earth' trilogy is equal parts science fiction and fantasy. It is set in a post apocalyptic world where all the continents have merged into one single landmass - the 'Stillness', which is ironic as this world is full of volcanic eruptions, shakes and earthquakes. The major ones of which bring on the 'Seasons'- months of a sun-less sky and half the living world dying.
The three books of the trilogy: 'The Fifth Season', 'The Obel ...more
Firstly, I would like to start with some massive praise for these books: Jemisin created an epic fantasy series which reads a little bit like Young Adult Fiction, with all the seriousness and importance of High Fantasy. The style is something I had to get used to at first, but the characters are extremely well written and fleshed out, and the world building is absolutely impeccable. I have not read a book with such an interesting, well thought-out, epic-feeling and gripping setting in a ...more
Whilst I enjoy reading many a genre, perhaps with an exception of horror, I hold Science-Fiction especially dear. I hold Science-Fiction dear, because it offers us worlds in which to escape. But more than give us worlds in which to escape, it offers us worlds in which we can analyse the problems we are faced with, free from preconceptions and, at times, free from some of the complexities we are faced with in our daily lives. In short; we can look at societies problems in a more objective way.