The Fifth Season

, #1

Trade paperback, 449 pages

English language

Published Sept. 10, 2015 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-22929-6
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Goodreads:
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4 stars (389 reviews)

A SEASON OF ENDINGS HAS BEGUN.

IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

This description comes from the publisher.

8 editions

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

Cool page turner

5 stars

I came upon a list of queer books and thought I'd give a try to the Fifth season. I haven't Heroic fantasy for more than a decad (apart from a book by Damasio). The book is good : well written, the way the narration is built is brilliant. In terms of representations it is very good as well, compared from what I read in the past. I enjoyed the female characters and the fact that heterosexuality or being cis isn't the norm. Yet the book is definitely speciesist : eating other animals or exploiting them is not questionned. A total page turner. I read it in four sittings, which means I spent a lot of time reading in bed haha. Personnally, I'm both grateful for this page turning effect and uneasy. For me it's totally addictive, I have no motivation to do anything else than reading what comes next. This …

reviewed Zerrissene Erde by N. K. Jemisin (Die große Stille)

Dystopischer Fantasy-Epos

5 stars

Die Welt ist zu einem einzigen Superkontinent - die Stille - zusammengefallen. Tektonische Spannungen sorgen kontinuierlich für Erdbeben oder Vulkanausbrüche. Besonders heftige Ausbrüche können eine Fünftzeit auslösen - eine mehrjährige Periode aus Asche- und Schwefelregen mit wenig Sonnenlicht und geringen Überlebenschancen für die Bewohner:innen des Kontinents. In dieser Zeit zerfallen Reiche, Gemeinschaften ("Gems)" kämpfen um ihr Überleben und ganze Zivilisationen gehen unter. Allerdings ist die Menschheit der Wut von "Vater Erde" nicht völlig machtlos ausgliefert. Einige Menschen können mittels der Gabe der Orogenie durch Beeinflussung von Wärme und Bewegungsenergie sogar Erdbeben aufhalten und Vulkane abkühlen. Aufgrund Ihrer potentiellen Macht werden die Orogenen gejagt und ermordert. Im günstigsten Fall entdeckt ein:e Wächter:in ein orogen begabtes Kind und nimmt es zur Ausbildung mit ins Fulcrum - dort werden die Orogenen zur bedingungslosen Unterwerfung unter die Wächter erzogen.

Auf verschiedenen Zeitebenen wird die Geschichte der Orogenen Essun erzählt, die als Kind von einem …

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

Not sure why I got confused by this one so much

3 stars

There’s some interesting world building in the book, but I ended up getting pretty confused by the multiple timelines and main characters the author was following, including one bizarrely in the second person. Spending a bit of time on Wikipedia to better get a synopsis of how the plots tied together was pretty helpful. I did enjoy the chapters opening with a quote from one of the sacred texts (very Dune like), but a bit more sign posting would have been helpful in its stead.

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

Review of 'The Fifth Season' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Took me a bit to get into it, and the changing of character names over time confused me a bit, but once I got past those two issues, it was a really fun read. Looking forward to the next two books to see what happens on Earth in a possible distant future where earth magic is common and nothing is stable.

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

An introduction to a fascinating world

5 stars

I don't recall how I discovered Octavia E. Butler twenty years ago but I'm pretty sure I noticed N.K. Jemisin thanks to a review in the Washington Post that compared her work to Butler's Parables books.

The Fifth Season is the beginning of an epic, laying the foundation of a world with a magic system and a hierarchical guild that employs it. A world, like ours, that is changing, changing in ways the humans within it do not expect and may not survive. If you're watching fantasy series via streaming ... the world of The Wheel of Time is probably the best match in terms of feel and scope.

reviewed Zerrissene Erde by N. K. Jemisin (Die große Stille)

Review of 'Zerrissene Erde' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Mein erstes Buch dieses Jahr ist gleich ein Treffer. Dieser Fantasyroman in einer finsteren, postapokalyptischen Welt, in der jederzeit erneut Katastrophen auftreten können, hat mich in seinen Bann gezogen und ich werde ganz sicher auch Band 2 lesen, auch wenn ich an einigen Punkten schlucken musste. Einige Ereignisse und Figuren war doch schwer zu verdauen.

Die drei Handlungsstränge scheinen zunächst wenig miteinander zu tun zu haben, man erfährt auch nicht, in welcher Relation sie zeitlich zueinander stehen - bis schließlich am Ende alles zusammengeführt wird. Der Schreibstil des dritten Handlungsstrangs ist extrem ungewöhnlich (zweite Person Singular - würde man das analog zum Ich-Erzähler dann Du-Erzähler nennen?) und hebt ihn von den beiden anderen Strängen ab.

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

The Fifth Season

4 stars

1) "Let's start with the end of the world, why don't we? Get it over with and move on to more interesting things."

2) "'You hate the way we live. The way the world makes us live. Either the Fulcrum owns us, or we have to hide and be hunted down like dogs if we're ever discovered. Or we become monsters and try to kill everything. Even within the Fulcrum we always have to think about how they want us to act. We can never just... be.' He sighs, closing his eyes. 'There should be a better way.' 'There isn't.' 'There must be. Sanze can't be the first empire that's managed to survive a few Seasons. We can see the evidence of other ways of life, other people who became mighty.' He gestures away from the highroad, toward the landscape that spreads all around them. They're near the Great Eastern …

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

Review of 'The Fifth Season' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

When I first started the book, I braced myself for disappointment, because what often happens with over-hyped books is that I tend to disagree with the majority when it falls flat for me. N. K. Jemisin was also quite a popular author already, and I was skeptical of that popularity… for that, I am truly sorry, because after reading this book I can say the accolades and fans are all well-deserved. While initially the writing style and confusion threatened to upend my experience of the book, I persevered and was gradually sucked into the story and incredible worldbuilding.

Jemisin has a way of writing her characters and creating an expansive yet brutal world. In the world of the Stillness, nothing is taken for granted, and Father Earth is seen as a violent force who is not on your side. Yet there are people with magical abilities, orogenes, who have an …

reviewed The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #1)

Review of 'The Fifth Season' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Es fing souverän an, ging dann aber leider nicht so weiter. Die Magie ist von der langweiligen Sorte, bei der so ziemlich alles möglich ist, zum Beispiel plötzliche Teleportation, um die Figuren aus schwierigen Lagen zu befreien. Meine im Mittelteil nur noch sehr mäßige Freude am Buch erreichte einen Tiefpunkt, als die positiven Gegenentwürfe zur falschen und gemeinen Welt sichtbar wurden: eine Art unterirdisches Dorf der Schlümpfe mit Häuschen aus leuchtenden Kristallen und eine Pirateninsel, auf der alle immerzu froh und lustig sind. Warum ist der positive Gegenentwurf in Fiktion, die sich der Beschreibung von Ungerechtigkeiten mit großem Aufwand widmet, oft so eindimensional, lustlos ausgedacht und kitschig? Ich will auf keinen Fall wissen, was in den nächsten beiden Bänden der Trilogie passiert und werde bei künftigen Buchentscheidungen mehr darauf achten, ob Kristalle eine Rolle spielen. Kristalle sind nie ein gutes Zeichen.

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