The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin

Fifth SeasonThe land is just a normal land, with rivers and mountains, cropland and forests. But it moves a bit. Well, more than a bit. It moves a lot. And so we call this land the Stillness. The Stillness has a tendency to split open, spewing fire and ash, destroying civilizations. In order to calm the moving earth we have enslaved a group known as orogenes. These orogenes are outcasts, feared for their tendency to destroy anything nearby when threatened, but needed for their ability to calm the earth shakes. They must be kept under total control, for we don’t want the world to end . . . again.

This post- apocalyptic fantasy is riveting, with characters that are many layered, always interesting if not always likable. I loved the way the story unfolded in bits and pieces, jumping from one time frame to another without a thought of chronology. My only complaint is that it ended too abruptly, and I will be kept hanging for a very long time.

eGalley review                         Publication date: 08.04.15

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