Fifth Season: 1 Pocketbok – 4 Augusti 2015
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This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
[The Fifth Season is] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end of the novel. ... Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy.--Guardian
[A]ngrily, beautifully apocalyptic.--B&N.com
A must-buy...breaks uncharted ground.--Library Journal (starred review)
Astounding... Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come.--NPR Books
Brilliant...gorgeous writing and unexpected plot twists.--Washington Post
Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, The Fifth Season is a tour-de-force. I felt every shock--and the book is packed with them--in my marrow. It's no exaggeration to say that Jemisin expands the range of what great fantasy can be.--Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades
Intricate and extraordinary.--The New York Times
Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold.--Entertainment Weekly
Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now.... [She] is a master at what she does. --RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)
Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world.--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!--Martha Wells
With every new work, Jemisin's ability to build worlds and break hearts only grows.--Kirkus (starred review)
- Utgivare : Orbit (4 Augusti 2015)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 512 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0316229296
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316229296
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #103,517 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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I don't want to go into plot details, because this is a better read if you don't know a lot going into it, but the story starts with something big and somehow manages to ramp things up. The book switches about, and the narrative structure is very cleverly done, at least I felt quite clever when I figured it out and was impressed with the method. There are sections of the book that are told with an immediacy and intimacy in a style that isn't often used in fiction. It's the kind of thing that seems like it shouldn't work, but the author skilfully uses an unusual writing style to make the reader identify strongly with a character who is going through something brutal. The characters go through a lot of changes and take various emotional blows and the reader feels each keenly meaning that this isn't an easy read but it is a thoroughly engaging one.
The book explores how society controls certain groups of people who are considered to be dangerous through hatred, fear and exploitation of their resources. Some of this is direct and lethal prejudice, but some of it is subtler and secretive, using the skill and resources of people to support a system that hates them. It also shows how the people who are victims of this hatred and exploitation can come to believe what's said about them and buy into their own oppression. It presents alternative ways of living that exist on the edges of, and hidden beneath, mainstream society. There's also exploration of how friendship, family and community can sustain a person and how these change in times of extremity. The story and characters don't stick to the traditional ideas of love, family and gender that exist in the mainstream of our own society, which is refreshing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fresh, powerful fantasy.
This is a world of casual cruelties piled one on top of the other. Those cruelties pass, for the most part, without comment or, worse, a welcomed with gratitude. This is a world where the way things are goes unquestioned, even by those who are treated abominably. It is a world of where grim and heartbreaking decisions are all too common.
But there is also hope here. This is the story of a few people who have found a place where they can imagine a new and different world.
Although I found it hard to read at times, I found both the world and the characters that inhabit it compelling. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next books in this series.
Personally I am surprised this is classed as SciFi. Is it the alternate world setting that qualifies it as part of the genre? It felt like fantasy to me but, either way, I loved it.
It’s a tricksy, twisty narrative, but to explain why would be to spoil some of the fun, so I’ll attempt to write a spoiler-free review. The narrative is split between three POVs -Syenite, Damaya, and a second-person narrative Essun. All three are orogenes, people with the ability to manipulate the earth and rock to create or stop earthquakes. Because of this catastrophic power orogenes are feared and shunned by the rest of society known as stills.
It begins with the death of a child and a quest for revenge, but this is woven into a wider story which questions the fundamentals of a society which is constantly threatened by mass extinction. The main characters are beautifully drawn and the world-building is rich and vivid, with brilliant expletives and fascinating customs and politics. It is absolutely not somewhere I would wish to live.
I’ll be ordering the next book in the series with my next paycheck and if you enjoy alternate worlds and (what ostensibly feels like) magic, I would suggest you grab a copy and lose yourself in 449 delightful pages.
The way it is written makes it painful to read. It's like chewing on raw spinach, interwoven with obvious efforts to telegraph emotions that felt overly orchestrated.
There is a time and place for moments of very strained description and style in a story to help convey perhaps a sense of alienation to the reader. But, this is all there was. Maybe later in the book the narrative finds its way and becomes readable...I will never know as I had to put the book down.
P.S. Have to say that 'professional critics' seem to be increasingly out of touch. They seem to favour books because those books have the right buzz about them, rather than actually being any good. We see the same with movies, but a little less so.
It's a shame because I really did want to like this book, but readability has to be there, you can't expect people to read a novel just because critics think 'it will be good for you' and meets certain political criteria of today.