This book is really, REALLY good. First off, using all of those different POVs to layer within themselves is BRILLIANT!!! I loved how the second person and third person perspectives just... ah. Perfect. Like a fine wine. The story itself cannot be fit into science fiction or fantasy, because it is the best of both worlds and melds scifi and magic together in a very seamless fashion.
CHARACTERS: I loved Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. Their characters were all unique and everything about them spoke of who they are and how they grew up, and I am also very, very curious about Schaffa. Anything else from my mouth can be spoilers, so, onto the...
PLOT: ... and again, anything from my mouth could be spoilers, so I will just do my best! This plot is INTENSE. Like, I haven't had my mind blown like that in a while. And it felt soooo good to read something that awesome. Following the stories of Damaya, Syenite, and Essun, as the world may be ending again, for the last time... super exciting, with an amazing amount of action, learning, and PURE GENIUS.
ACCURACY: This is a world where there is no moon and where some people, called orogenes have the power to use the energy created by seismic events (like the shifting of earth plates and such) in order to "ice" things and do quell earthshakes. Because of this accidental habit of icing, orogenes are derogatorily called "roggas" and are often killed if they are not part of the Fulcrum (clever name) because these "roggas" must be trained to quell shakes and act as virtual slaves to society, or be killed. The whole system is very intriguing, and the whole idea is really well thought out.
RECOMMENDATION: If you like scifi, you should read this. If you like fantasy, you should read this. If you like stories of family and pain and love and sorrow, READ THIS. This book (literally) blew my mind, and not very many books have done that. It is an exceptionally well crafted tale, and I can't wait to read the conclusion!
This book was spectacular. I think the most shocking thing about it, at first, was the POV, which was written in second person. The book explored important issues such a racism, mother-daughter relationships, and community and the author successfully embedded them within the world she created. All at once this book was tragic, suspenseful, intricate, spellbinding and horrifying. A must read.
Inventive and imaginatively told, the story moves along three tracks, all of which are briskly paced and interesting. The writing is pretty good, though the author drops in register quite often, and distractingly, to conversational asides, even when writing in the third person. Imagine that. (See what I mean?) There’s homo- and bi-sex, graphically depicted, which the author calls “not living in fear,” but this is a political statement in tune with 21st century LGTBQ+ activisim, and contributes little if anything to the story.
I read this because it was on the "PeakPicks" table and I noticed the Hugo Award. The award was aptly bestowed!
A real page turner. I read the 3 books one after that other. This is sci-if and apocalyptic. The main charachter is a 40+ year old mother in hiding. Since she was young she believed a truth in the world which she later finds out isn’t true at all. I recommend it.
Jemisin demonstrates fine dystopian world-building skills, and tells an interesting epic fantasy story featuring several well-drawn female characters, but I think she brings too many of her personal political beliefs into her writing.
Exceptional world-building. Or, end-of-the-world building. The themes of oppression and social justice feel keenly relevant and the narrative structure is surprising and compelling. I'm not a huge reader of genre fiction, but I enjoyed this immensely and read it in a weekend.
This. Is. Epic.
I would give this book 4 stars for the solid writing, great characters and the super interesting world that Jemison has created. It is a unique and fresh approach to the genre. My only complaint is that there was very little resolve to anything at the end of the book. This is to be expected somewhat considering this is the first of a series but I always feel there should be some sort of temporary conclusion to each individual book in a series. This one leaves you hanging off the edge of a cliff. Not a big deal if you plan to read all the books back to back. This is definitely an author to try if you enjoy fantasy.
What an imagination this author has! I loved the world building but had to rely heavily on the maps, character list and glossary to keep track of it all. I will be moving on the next book in the series.
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