The Fifth Season

Author N.K. Jemisin, N.K. Jemisin
Published 2015
Pages 468
Links Goodreads


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.


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