The Fifth Season

Author N.K. Jemisin, N.K. Jemisin
Published 2015
Pages 468
ISBN
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Melissa

January 25th, 2019–February 9th, 2019

★★★★

One star docked for far too many graphic details about a disturbing love triangle that's supposed to break societal norms and be a happy moment in the characters' lives. Yuck, gross, TMI.

This is not a happy, feel-good book; it's a post-apocalyptic story filled with sorrows and hard people. But it do

Brian

December 2nd, 2020–December 29th, 2020

★★★★

Took me awhile to get into it, but it's an interesting world with compelling mysteries and characters.

I like authors that find a unique style. Jemisin's plot structure was great; the second-person narration and casual narration voice did bug me, although less so by the end.

And it's great to engage with big questions. I certainly have a different worldview than the main character (for example, there's a quote to the effect of "better dead than a slave"; I prefer Tolkien's aphorism "where there's life, there's hope"), so it was good to consider a different perspective.