Book Review: The Fifth Season

Wow, this book is awesome, you can definitely understand why each book in the trilogy won the Hugo Award. N.K. Jemisin has created a science-fiction / fantasy blend that makes for such amazing world-building. The characters are really pushed to their absolute limits and I was gripped from start to finish.

Star rating: 5 stars

We have Essun, Syenite and Damaya as the points of view. Each is at a different stage of life. All have big struggles going on and challenging plots. Essun’s story is told in second person present which is so unique and done really well, I felt like someone was telling me a story.

What really captured me was the world-building. The world is different to Earth, but the same. Earth is wrecked by earthquakes, tsunamis and huge volcanic eruptions. This wild seismic activity leads to seasons, apocalyptic events that happen every 100 years or so. The orogenes, which our characters are, are linked to the seismic activity, can stop it and use it to cause their own devastation. Because of this, they are hated members of society, often killed.

Damaya is a child, an orogene who has been taken to the Fulcrum. This is where she will learn how to use her power to be useful to society – that’s if she can learn to control it. Syenite is older, a Four Ringer at the Fulcrum who is looking to advance. She’s sent on a mission out to the coast with the only Ten Ringer to mentor her. Essun is the oldest, living in a small village called a Comm with her kids and husband. But in this world, all is not what it seems.

I definitely suggest giving this book 50-100 pages to get going because it takes a while to understand the world it is based in. There are so many twists and turns throughout that it is worth the wait and scene setting. The story is really dark in places – this is for sure an adult book that I wouldn’t recommend to teens.

With it’s amazing character diversity and crazy twists, The Fifth Season is not one to miss out on reading. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next after the cliffhanger at the end!