The Fifth Season is the first novel in The Broken Earth series by famous author N. K. Jemisin. The land of Stillness, a land long familiar with disaster, where the power of the Earth is used as a weapon. The new trilogy of fantasy stories by author N. K. Jemisin will surprise readers.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: The Fifth Season audiobook by Jón Gísli Björgvinsson
Breaks every mold I can think of
I bought this book after reading a review that was mostly complaining about how queer it is, as that’s usually a sign that whatever’s being reviewed is something I will enjoy greatly. This methkd has yet to fail me.
The Fifth Season is the kind of book you hear about second-hand, or in hypotheticals that leave you going “Wow, I want to read that book.”
It plays with structure, tone, and style in ways I’ve never seen before. The flow and shape of the story shifts and splits and converges in ways that are always surprising, but never absurd or unreasonable.
The world is cool as hell. A fantasy story set in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi world, where sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
It’s dark at times, but never needlessly or excessively. The Fifth Season is honest about the ugly things, and about the beautiful things.
The narrator also does a tremendous job of narrating, enhancing and enhanced by the book itself having a narrator, which she brings to life excellently.
I am in love, and I am immediately moving to the next one.
Review 2: The Fifth Season audiobook by Luna
The book was a bit confusing in the beginning, but as the story unfolded the world the author created unfolded too. It’s not a book you can’t put down, save the last two chapters, but it’s a book you want to keep on reading (or listen to). Aside from world building, N. K. Jemisin’s greatest talent is creating believable, diverse and relatable characters that you want to dive into and learn more about.
The only downside is how depressing the story is and I should warn you that it could have triggers for people who have experienced some kind of trauma. It’s definitely not one of those feel-good books, but it has something deeper and keeps it real, if one can say such a thing about a fantasy novel.
The narrator did a fantastic job and had a captivating performance. I would prefer the audio version rather than read the book myself.
Review 3: The Fifth Season audiobook by Andries Koorzen
Nothing special. Just another book
Narrator’s character voices sound mostly the same.. Difficult to always know which of the characters are speaking.
The story is difficult to follow in the beginning since there are many 3rd person references without much context. The story could be better adapted for audio only.
Main character development is… Ok.. I don’t feel particularly sad mad or glad at her tho the situations she finds herself in are quite debilitating at times.
The sex is quite explicit and uncultured. The author clearly has a need to express these views. Luckily this can be skipped.
The fact that the 3 storylines converge is probably the biggest surprise but other than that nothing special
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