The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky

The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky

1424 pages

English language

Published May 18, 2018 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-52719-4
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4 stars (254 reviews)

2 editions

Immersive, imaginative, important – an instant classic

5 stars

Deep and wide-ranging world-building, a complex and thrilling plot, and an uncoventional, convincing and immersive representation of slavery and exploitation. I especially liked how Jemisin managed to capture my attention and keep me guessing on three levels simultaneously: deep civilisational history, impending apocalypse, and finally family and personal sacrifice.

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow! What a breakthrough way of telling the story,  shifting between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person views. Referring to the main character as "you" for much of the story really brings the story and messages much closer. In addition, the story itself was really good, and leans heavily on the effects of persecution and marginalization on individuals. It's a complex, non-linear story that really pulls you through it.

https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/17/16156416/n-k-jemisin-broken-earth-trilogy-the-stone-sky-fantasy-book-review

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This entire series is amazing.

I listened to the audio books and Robin Miles is superb.

Took me a bit to get into the first one, but I loved the world-building, character development, and the originality of the entire series.

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I had really high hopes for this book and while I thought it was good, I found it a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise very strong trilogy. The plot felt VERY slow in this one, and on more than one occasion, I found myself thinking "Okay I understand what the city looks like. What do they do next??" I liked the additional story of the pre-stillness world and the origin of stone eaters, guardians, etc. But there were several times when I just got lost in the complex relationship between magic, obelisks, stone eaters, the moon, etc. I'd have liked the overall story in this book to be a bit more concise, but as a trilogy, I loved the series.

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A conclusion that feels inevitable yet satisfying. This series blends the personal with the political and manages to evoke so much with its themes, it is truly a masterpiece deserving of its awards. Yet the acknowledgement at the end reframes the whole story in a poignant manner that underlines the humanity at its heart.

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4 stars

The Stone Sky : 4 stars


This trilogy as a whole is 4 stars. It is different from what I usually read for this is very "adult".
The writing is great, a little confusing sometimes, in some chapters we aren't even told who the narrator is and what exactly it will lead to, but I think that English not being my maternal language impacted my reading ahah

The plot unfurls little by little from book 1 to book 3, we feel how much the author thought about this story and how to express it. Each character had a role and was interesting (tho the characters felt too "cold" at times for my taste), I was so curious to see how it would all end up.. and was pretty satisfied

Also the mystery regarding the "Seasons", and the revelations about the past, how it all came to be were sooo good, …

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The final part of the trilogy wraps up this phenomenal story. The writing is achingly good, pulling me along each step of the way. More than the other two books, this one felt like it dragged on a bit at the middle/end, but I was still invested enough in the story to see it through. I felt like the plot did little to surprise me, but it was still satisfying to see it through to the end.

Review of 'The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Jemisin writes characters with profound love & empathy, and they carry the story through a few slow patches where the story beats feel drawn out or repetitive as the epic conclusion is foreshadowed with a little more emphasis than strictly necessary.

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5 stars

Bloody hell, was this book good. So very good.

The Stone Sky is effectively the Book of Hoa, and it is a masterpiece in storytelling. The trilogy builds up to this deep, personal, layered examination of personhood vis-a-vis colonization and genocide. It presents a powerful reflection on the unrelenting greed and desire that underpins dominance, the myths we build to justify that, the choices we make to execute that arrogance, and how they haunt us in our collective memory.

(I'll have to take a break from Fantasy for a while, so that I don't judge the next book too harshly. Very few books -- Fantasy or otherwise -- can live up to Jemisin's writing and world-building here.)

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