Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Book Review: Fifth Season

The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemison

https://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Season-Broken-Earth/dp/0316229296

Synposis

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.

Review

The Fifth Season is an enjoyable and engaging read that takes you along the track of three people's lives, the story of one woman who wields powerful magic in a world where that magic is seen by most as a curse. There are brutal aspects to this narrative, the very nature of viewing the world from the point of view of the oppressed; the very ways in which the society attempts to dehumanize the Orogenes, people gifted (cursed) with the ability to move rock, lets you see their humanity under pressure. In many ways, the divided nature of the narrative helps you frame the world that the story is taking place in, and it does the work of grounding you in the world of the Stillness strongly. I have been a fan of N.K. Jemison from her Inheritance Trilogy, so I grabbed the first two books of the series without reservations. I would recommend doing the same.

Review Score

10/10 - This book has won several awards, including the 2016 Hugo. It deserves all the attention it can get.