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The Fifth Season Audiobook

The Fifth Season: The Broken Stone, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet, small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter.

Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilisation's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And, worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes - those who wield the power of the Earth as a weapon - are feared far more than the long, cold night.

Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The first novel in a new series by award-winning author N. K. Jemisin where a mother struggles to find her daughter in a postapocalpytic world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 N. K. Jemisin (P)2015 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene." (Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon)

"[A] gripping series launch...as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure." (Publishers Weekly on The Killing Moon)

"Lush and evocative." (Naomi Novik on The Inheritance trilogy)

"This is a book that readers won't be able to put down.... A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year." (RT Book Reviews on The Inheritance trilogy)

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    Chris M 10/11/2016
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    "Struggled."

    Struggled to get into this one. For me, the narration by Robin Miles was quite stilted. The muddied accents she put on for some of the characters were very strange. The sci-fi aspects of the story were very compelling though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    matt hall 07/04/2017
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    "Well read, decent characters, plodding plot"

    This is an odd book. The author does a great job of world building and populates it with some compelling characters but managed to have them do very little other than wander around aimlessly. There's an occasional reveal, which all feel fairly arbitrary, and some slightly strange narrative choices which don't really work.

    That said, it's certainly original and the narration is excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 21/08/2016
    Tom 21/08/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "some great ideas but..."

    I felt some areas needed further exposition and the characters were never fully fleshed out... I always felt I was skimming over the surface of the story without being drawn in. what brought it home was the lack of emotion at losing certain characters, didn't bat an eyelid when they kicked the bucket.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "mjl296" 18/01/2017
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    Hard to get into, but deeply absorbing"

    Persevere through the first three or four chapters. . . . . . . .

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    R. Harvey 24/11/2016
    R. Harvey 24/11/2016
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    "Just finished this book and I am still Confused!"

    It took awhile to get into this book, I started listening to it whilst dog walking. But once into the story I would end up continuing to listen when I got home and sometimes at night in bed. However, I Have finished this book and I am still Confused! Seriously, will someone explain the 3 main female characters. I thought it was the same female at different points in her life, but it doesn't quit follow if that's the case and if it's different main characters, then I have no idea what the link was. I think I may have nodded off during some key story points! Lol

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    "Amazing "

    Loved it. I was confused at the beginning, but it all paid off at the end. It's a long book, but I got through it in a week and I am very glad to know there are two more and I'll be starting the next one tonight!

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    "Mind-blowingly good! "

    One of the best sci-fi/ fantasy books I've read it a while. just absolutely stunning!

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    Simon London, UK 25/10/2017
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    It is slow to start bit comes together well at the end. It has some excellent idea, slightly difficult to grasp at first and hard to relate to but once it gets going it is excellent. I cant wait for the second book. Not five stars as it was not the easiest of reads.

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    "Stick with this book. Totally worth it!"

    Found the first chapter or two a struggle. Stick with it though. Totally worth it. There are three POV characters with completely different stories but all fascinating and their connection becomes clear eventually.

    Good character development and explaination of how the Stillness works.

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    "Gripping"

    Very original and absorbing. At first I was intrigued, then I was simply addicted. Pure entertainment, can't wait to start on book two.

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    "Excellent"

    Narrator was excellent at bringing the story to life and the story itself was gripping, entertaining and completely unlike anything I've read before. I can't wait to start Book 2.

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    "Very interesting world"

    Good stuff all around.
    Not sure what I feel about the fact that none of the main characters had a normal sexual orientation.
    Mostly it just felt like the book desperately tried to be very current with all the fuss about genders and whatnot.
    Anyway the book didn't put too much focus on it so I wasn't distracted by it.

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  • Norine
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    "OMFreakingG😜"

    THE FIFTH SEASON

    the structure, the POV's, the characters, the world building, the way systemic oppression is interwoven into this fantasy narrative .... makes this book one you will either hate or fall madly in love with.

    With this book I really needed to savour and digest everything that was revealed within those chapters about Damaya, Syenite and Essun ... to have my mind blown towards the end 😳

    Since I've just finished the first installment, that sort of left my heart in ruin 😢 ... I've decided that I need some time to properly recuperate before I pick up the sequel. So far this was a truly magnificent reading experience.

    #NKJemisin #TheFifthSeason #2015 #Dystopia #ScienceFiction #Adult #Bibliophile #Bookstagram #Books #Reader #Booknerd

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