The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" (The New York Times) Hugo Award-winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution.
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
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 long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Listen to the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT best-selling author N. K. Jemisin.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 27 minutes|
|Author||N. K. Jemisin|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 08 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,968 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#181 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
#255 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#322 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The shift of POV from third to second person is distracting. I t always takes me 4-5 pages to get back "into" the second person thing. And I'm not sure I like it. I used to read alot of "You are the hero" books back in the days, but this isn't one of them, so it's weird, and it doesn't bring anything more to the story for me. It doesn't feel more personal or such because of it.
It's also a pretty passive reading. meaning that the characters in the book almost do -nothing-. They are only witness of most of what happens. Here and there they do something significant, but mostly by accident. (with one exception at the end) And when, after reading it all, you think about all that happened, you realize that not much happened at all...! I guess this can be explained by the fact that, while the book weight in at 443 pages or so, this is really more like a 200 pages novella, had they used a normal font size and removed all that wasted space between the lines. I think that's my biggest gripe, the book feels like an introduction.
And when you finally realize that you are following the story of only one person, well, the story then gets even smaller.
What I will give the author is one hell of a talent for writing. It's easy to read, it flows nicely, and while I found nothing extraordinary about the story or the world(I had figured out where they were about 25% into the book), I still am glad I have read this. And that's the whole point of a book, is it not?
3.5 stars and I will most probably read the next one when it comes out.
This is an incredible story that in turns made me cry, made me laugh, made me wonder how this unique vision came into being.
It also was so full of masterful tension and triggered such curiosity that I actually had to get up and stretch after reading it for a while. My whole body had slowly tensed up as I read it until I finally realized my shoulders were approaching my ears. That truly impressed me!
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I don't want to go into plot details, because this is a better read if you don't know a lot going into it, but the story starts with something big and somehow manages to ramp things up. The book switches about, and the narrative structure is very cleverly done, at least I felt quite clever when I figured it out and was impressed with the method. There are sections of the book that are told with an immediacy and intimacy in a style that isn't often used in fiction. It's the kind of thing that seems like it shouldn't work, but the author skilfully uses an unusual writing style to make the reader identify strongly with a character who is going through something brutal. The characters go through a lot of changes and take various emotional blows and the reader feels each keenly meaning that this isn't an easy read but it is a thoroughly engaging one.
The book explores how society controls certain groups of people who are considered to be dangerous through hatred, fear and exploitation of their resources. Some of this is direct and lethal prejudice, but some of it is subtler and secretive, using the skill and resources of people to support a system that hates them. It also shows how the people who are victims of this hatred and exploitation can come to believe what's said about them and buy into their own oppression. It presents alternative ways of living that exist on the edges of, and hidden beneath, mainstream society. There's also exploration of how friendship, family and community can sustain a person and how these change in times of extremity. The story and characters don't stick to the traditional ideas of love, family and gender that exist in the mainstream of our own society, which is refreshing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fresh, powerful fantasy.
This novel is a masterclass in world-building – even as it rips its own world apart – layered with compelling characters, central mysteries, a mercilessly clear-sighted take on privilege and prejudice, and a tone that shifts seamlessly from cheeky to eviscerating without skipping a beat.
Is it fantasy? Is it science fiction? It’s a genre-busting apocalypse novel of impossible powers, a shattered moon, forgotten technologies and flushing toilets (until the world ends, at least). I have no idea where you shelve it other than under awesome and epic.
Now excuse me, I have a sequel I need to devour.
📚 I was recommended to read this book by a friend, and just having finished the Wheel Of Time series once again (no stranger to a hard slog) I was looking for something fresh in the fantasy genre.
📚 This book does deliver that in its novel world creation and the characters that inhabit and influence it. It is however hard going and jumping from a series that’s a vast page turner with its own drudgery in parts, to a book that never fails to want me to put it down, is a bit disappointing. I am going to persevere but unless this one gets me to care about the characters and what they are going to do next, or maybe stops the world creation from becoming its own cliché, I am not going to progress further into the series.
📚 I am going to lick my wounds and maybe switch back into some science fiction for a while. It is well written but just not for me. The industry plaudits were what tipped me over the edge to buying this book, so never judge a book by its cover as they say.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review, I hope you found it helpful.
The way it is written makes it painful to read. It's like chewing on raw spinach, interwoven with obvious efforts to telegraph emotions that felt overly orchestrated.
There is a time and place for moments of very strained description and style in a story to help convey perhaps a sense of alienation to the reader. But, this is all there was. Maybe later in the book the narrative finds its way and becomes readable...I will never know as I had to put the book down.
P.S. Have to say that 'professional critics' seem to be increasingly out of touch. They seem to favour books because those books have the right buzz about them, rather than actually being any good. We see the same with movies, but a little less so.
It's a shame because I really did want to like this book, but readability has to be there, you can't expect people to read a novel just because critics think 'it will be good for you' and meets certain political criteria of today.