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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Fifth Season

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


The Fifth Season is the first installment of N.K. Jemisin's sci-fi fantasy series The Broken Earth.

This was not what I was hoping this to be. Going into this I had pretty high expectations because I know this book is extremely well received. Unfortunately for me, while I can see why many people enjoyed it, it didn't quite do it for me. I did think the concept was interesting and the story was good, but I just didn't care too much for it.

There were also a lot of jarring things about the book. There was the multi-POV that changed formats for each which took a bit to get used to. It also took a while to get into the book but after a couple of hundred pages, I started liking it more. The time skip was like wham bam here I am, and I thought I accidentally skipped a bunch of chapters. The book also went from not really explicit to more explicit all of the sudden.

While this wasn't bad, I just didn't have many feelings for this.

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