Book Review: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Hello Everyone,

Today’s review is on The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.

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I chose this book because I had heard a lot of good things about it from other readers, and the whole apocalypse in a fantasy land intrigued me.

Essun goes looking for her husband after she finds that he has murdered their son and gone on the run with their daughter. However, her journey to find her daughter is impeded by the fact that a major apocalyptic has taken place in the capital city of Sanze. The story also follows two “other” main characters Damaya, a young girl with magical powers, and Syenite, a young woman who has completed her studies as an orogene, who is trying to work her way up in the fulcrum. While these seem like three parallel stories, in the end readers will discover that all three eventually converge to reveal that Essun is an older and wiser version of Damaya and Syenite.

This was an interesting book to listen on audiobook, Robin Miles does a fantastic job in narrating the novel, especially pronouncing the words that I know I would have pronounced wrong.

It was interesting to follow Essun’s journey as she tries to find her husband and daughter, while also encountering characters who are dealing with the aftermath of an apocalyptic event. She seems to be resilient against it all, powered by her determination to find her family. I also enjoyed getting to know Syenite and Damaya and their lives as they try to work the way up in the Fulcrum (a ruling society of Oregenes, people who possess magical powers), and try to control their powers.

The plot did have some lags partly do to the various ways that the author decided to do the world-building. There were also moments when it was hard to follow what was going on at times, but this might have been due to listening to the audiobook instead of reading the physical book.

Overall, many fans of science fiction and fantasy will enjoy this book because it has all the elements of fantasy with elements of apocalyptic fiction thrown in. 3.5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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