Title: The Fifth Season
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Page Count: 468
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Type of Book: Library
If you don’t like books that swap between character povs, then this book probably will irritate you. But persist, and you will be shocked and rewarded and delighted at the end of the book. I cannot tell you without spoiling you, so I will make it so its harder to read and you can skip over it:
the three characters are the exact same person who changes their name at different ages.
My favorite pov was Damara. She was, whole-heartedly, something new and fresh and original. I can’t say why I identified with her so much, only that I really, really got involved with her story. I spent the entire afternoon flipping through her chapters alone, and then when the book was done realized that I had to go back in order to fill in some of the blanks. I hate that about books, but it was also kind of fun doing that at the same time. For reasons above, see the spoiler as to why one has to go back and re-read the other characters to figure out what happens.
This book was different. It was new, and fresh, and original, and dealt with things in a new way. There were some things that I hated about it *SPOILER link* where Schauff breaks Damara’s hand just to see if she has control, for example.
Otherwise, this book wowd me, though it took a bit to do so to be honest. The writing was rather excellent, and this is the first NK book that I’ve read, and the first of a series. I don’t think I’ll read more of her books in this series, though I’m itching to test out The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, as it sounds a bit more my speed.
I read this book in mostly one sitting, being interrupted once for dinner. I highly recommend giving it a go, and can definitely agree with the hype that this book received, and that it was well worth the Hugo and Nebula Awards that it won as well.
4.5 stars out of 5.
Until next time,
Pass Me That Book!
Also as a sidenote: I’ve included a new thing with the organization of each review, where I say ‘type of thing’ at the end of title and author and so on. ‘Type of Thing’ has many variations such as: library book, wattpad novel, amazon ebook, random find, paperback, hardback, etc…I’m still trying to be very organized when it comes to books, as you can clearly see.
2 thoughts on “Paperback Book Review: The Fifth Season”
I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series (haven’t gotten to the 3rd on yet). In my opinion, Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was an overall more enjoyable trilogy. I remember being halfway through the first book in Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I called the bookstore and ordered the rest of the series!
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Hundred Thousand Kingdoms already requested at my library, now just have to wait for it. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s a lot better than the Broken Earth series, but one friend of mine was so insistent on me reading the Broken Earth because they thought I would really identify with a character (they were right but they had picked the wrong character age I’d identified with) that I just had to read it.
I’m definitely looking forward to more NJ Jeminsin, so keep on the lookout for more reviews I’ll do of her books in the future. Thanks for commenting, and glad to see you here! =)