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“Let’s start with the end of the world, why don’t we?”
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.
Three terrible things happen in a single day.
Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.
She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
First if that quote didn’t entice you…….. Now I’m going to try not to fangirl all over this but I love this series so far. The main characters are strong and assertive women.
Jemisin’s writing style was beautiful. She easily shows you the oppression that the Oregenes, which is what each main characters are, are going through. Oregenes have a power that connects them to the planet. They can change the weather, cause natural disasters and locate natural materials. They are taught from childhood that they are not worthless and can be replaced. Oregenes are trained at the Fulcrum where they can earn rings to determine their level of expertise. They do not have control over their own body sexually. They are told who they are to breed with and how long they have to conceive a child. Any children born outside of the Fulcrum that is an Oregene can be killed by their own family members in the blink of an eye.
I find it difficult to find sci-fi/fantasy authors of color, so to be honest I was more than ready to start this book. The Fifth Season is a Hugo Award winner for 2016 which left me with high expectations and I was not disappointed. This series is highly recommended. This is an adult book with adult activity, so please take that into consideration.
5 out of 5 stars!