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

English language

Published May 18, 2018

ISBN:
9780316527194

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5 stars (34 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

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.)

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

5 stars

Final novel in the Broken Earth trilogy. A world with extreme geological instability, wracked by frequent extinction events. The people of this planet have learned to survive as best they can, and to blame their lot on father earth and the Orogenes - people born with the ability to control rocks and subdue earthquakes. The series follows Essun and her daughter Nassun - powerful Orogenes who must decide whether to save a planet full of peope who would subjugate and murder them.

These books are so powerfully written, full of characters in difficult situations who aren’t always like-able in their every reaction, but are always complex and full of interiority. I would recommend anything by Jemisin.

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

5 stars

This is an incredible book and likely among the best I've read this year. I strongly recommend The Broken Earth trilogy as the best that N.K. Jemisin has to offer thus far. Not only does it have an engaging plot, interesting narrative style, amazing setting, and intriguing characters, it also delves into deeper themes that are timeless and relevant for everyone. How do we protect those weaker than us while striving for advancement? How do we deal with our fear of those different from us? How do we respond to those that hate us? What does it mean to be part of a family? What does it mean to be human? This and so much more makes The Broken Earth trilogy a masterpiece of modern science fiction and fantasy.

For my full review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2017/09/book-review-stone-sky-by-nk-jemisin.html

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