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I just finished listening to The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

I recently finished the audiobook of The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, it is narrated by Robin Miles.

The Fifth Season is a novel from 2015, the first in a series called the Broken Earth. It won the Hugo award in 2016 for best novel. It tells the story of a future or maybe a compelely different Earth, we’re never sure which, that is growing increasingly unstable with earthquakes and volcano eruptions. Because of the change, the calendar is not broken up into yearly seasons, but into seasons of years and decades as the earth goes through what seems to be its final days.

Consequently because of the unstable nature of the world, humans have organized into a formalize caste system. But some humans have developed the ability to create or control earthquakes and movement of the earth.

This quite the world for a reader to inhabit. But there’s more.

At some point in this history, Earth was visited by spaceships, some that float in orbit above the earth, and one in particular that has crashed and is buried deep in the ground.

That’s an important piece of information.

I found the story a little hard to follow at times. In a world where we have spaceships and certain people can make earthquakes with their minds, why are people still traveling on horseback?

But what I found to be the most interesting part of the novel and what I would recommend about the story is the use of the second person. This is one of the few non-Choose Your Own adventure books where the author uses the second person. “You are waking up. You are traveling out of town. You are the one they are looking for.” Jemisin keeps you wondering WHO am I in this story. You, the reader, is participating in the story, and for 95% of the story you don’t know who YOU ARE.

That is something for writers to learn from. And something different for readers to enjoy.

Get it here-> https://amzn.to/3xfgjCN