Book Review: Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (Three Stars)

Book Review: Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N. K. Jemisin

Three Stars

“Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall; Death is the fifth, and master of all.”

I wanted to like this. Great concept: a geologically active world with people who can interact with earth and stone. Periodic global catastrophes give rise to “stone lore” and a churning of society. Well written.

“You certainly weren’t expecting to have to deal with the end of the world on top of everything else.”

However, the three main story threads are further confused by varying person and tense, not to mention chronology. (Sometimes second person (“you”) and present tense.) Distracts.

“Survival is not the same as living.”

Unnecessarily crude and pornographic. Almost quit two-thirds through. She invented a clever world-appropriate set of curses, but peppered the text with offensive Anglo-Saxon words.

“Who misses what they never, ever even imagined?”

Jemisin is a talented writer, but am not inclined to try her works again. This book won Hugo and Nebula awards, whatever that means these days.

“Neither myth nor mysteries can hold a candle to the most infinitesimal spark of hope.”