The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is a fantastic novel smoothly blended with science and magic. Her novel won Hugo Awards for Best Novel in 2016, just as it deserves for portraying her flexible imagination bringing beautiful bending in the reality. This intriguing book is the first book in Jemisin’s latest trilogy; The Broken Earth. Kick-starting with a promising and compelling book in her trio series, the story revolves around a faraway planet with a single super land called Stillness, tragically ironic name. Every few centuries, the inhabitants of Stillness confront intended climate change which they call as ‘Fifth Season’.
The story acquaint us with a civilization; Sanze Empire, also the Orogenes; people who are born with the power of controlling their environment, however, have no power to control over own life. Sanze Empire can harness Orogenes; in fact, they need them at one hand and on the other hand, fear them. Orogenes were not accepted by the civilization hence, they were hunted and destroyed or else trained in the Fulcrum to be used by the Empire. The way Jemisin has weaved the characters and plot is terrific making The Fifth Season book a brilliant masterpiece.
Honestly, the first few chapters were a difficult read for me hence I put the book down for later. But checking on some of the popular sites like Goodreads, Amazon, etc I felt like why the heck is this book getting so much great reviews? So I went back to the book, then with few chapters, I figured out N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season novel is a real page-turner. I now kind of feel like laughing on myself then; how impatient I was.
The Fifth Season actually is a brilliantly interwoven story of 3 major characters Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. More interesting and astounding part is when you realize that all those three characters ultimately are the same women at different stages of her life. Damaya is a 9 to 10 years old child with Orogenic ability. She is sent to Fulcrum to learn to control her powers and use them for good of Sanze Empire as soon as her parents are aware of her abilities. Syenite is Damaya’s name, changed after passing her first qualifying test by presenting her skills as an Ororgene. And ultimately she possesses the name Essun when she is at her middle age after battling with the contingent of Guardians and surviving it.
The story actually kick starts with the novel’s present where Essun returns home to find the dead body of her son Uche who is murdered by his father Jija. Also, Jija flees away taking their daughter Nassun along. More horrific theme laid at the point is that Stillness was being affected by the Fifth Season as a consequence basic resources were at a minimal level where people were ready to do or die to survive the situation. Now facing the entire nightmare Essun has to find her missing daughter. The Fifth Season doesn’t end up with a single book; there are two more books in the series that will blow your mind. I would highly recommend this book to sci-fi fantasy lovers. I assure you this book is worth multiple reads. You can find the N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season ebook from the link mentioned below. Click on the link below and start downloading N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season pdf. ENJOY!
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