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N.K. Jemisin is the first African American author to win a Hugo Award for a full-length novel. Photograph by Laura Hanifin, copyright 2015. The Fifth Season (Broken Earth, book 1) by N K Jemisin - book cover, description, publication history. Jemisin's Hugo Award-winning tale of magic and climate upheaval, The Fifth Season! We'll be reading and discussing the novel over the course of.

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel
Book 1 in the record-breaking triple Hugo-Award-winning trilogy

***One of Time Magazine's top 100 fantasy books of all time***
***Shortlisted for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards***
***A New York Times Notable Book and the inaugural book club pick ***

IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.
IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

'Amazing' Ann Leckie
'Breaks uncharted ground'Library Journal
'Powerful' io9
'Elegiac, complex, and intriguing'Publishers Weekly
'Intricate and extraordinary'New York Times
'Brilliant'Washington Post

The Broken Earth trilogy is complete - beginning withThe Fifth Season, continuing in The Obelisk Gate(Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel) and concluding with The Stone Sky(Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel and Nebula Award).

Also by N. K. Jemisin:
The Inheritance trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

Genre: Fantasy

Hardback Editions

January 2019 : USA Library Binding


Title: Fifth Season: 1
Author(s): N K Jemisin
ISBN: 1-66362-571-9 / 978-1-66362-571-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : UK Paperback


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1, WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD 2016 (Broken Earth Trilogy)
Author(s): N K Jemisin
ISBN: 0-356-50819-6 / 978-0-356-50819-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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August 2015 : USA Paperback


Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, 1)
Author(s): N K Jemisin
ISBN: 0-316-22929-6 / 978-0-316-22929-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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Audio Editions

November 2019 : USA Audio edition


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Author(s): N K Jemisin
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November 2019 : Canada Audio edition


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November 2015 : USA Audio edition


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Author(s): N K Jemisin
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November 2015 : Australia Audio edition


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
Author(s): N K Jemisin
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November 2015 : UK Audio edition


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
Author(s): N K Jemisin
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2015 : USA Audio edition


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
Author(s): N K Jemisin
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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August 2015 : Canada Audio edition


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
Author(s): N K Jemisin
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition


Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1)
Author(s): N K Jemisin
Publisher: Orbit
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August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition


Title: The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1, WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD 2016
Author(s): N K Jemisin
Publisher: Orbit
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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Much of history is unwritten. Remember this.

According to the official summary, The Fifth Season is about a woman searching for her daughter in a post-apocalyptic world. Technically, that's true. But it doesn't really capture the essence of the book.

The Fifth Season is set in a world that faces apocalyptic geological events, called Fifth Seasons, fairly frequently. Everything in society is built around preventing a Season, if they possibly can, or else surviving one if it comes along. The world also has magic users, called Orogenes, who are feared and hated for their nk jemisin the fifth season to control the forces of the earth -- or to kill people, if they use their nk jemisin the fifth season untrained. They work to prevent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other potentially Season-causing catastrophes, but society despises them none-the-less.

The novel has three orogene protagonists. There's a young girl, Damaya, whose parents just discovered she is an orogene. There's a young woman, Syenite, who is trying to climb to the top of the orogene ranks and has just been sent on a seemingly run-of-the-mill mission with her new mentor. And there's Essen, a middle-aged woman living in hiding whose husband just murdered her son and kidnapped her daughter after realizing that they were orogenes.

The first thing to note is that NK Jemisin has an amazing writing style. It's vivid and engaging, and often invokes a sense of oral storytelling, reflecting the story's preoccupation with the problems of recorded history and lore. She writes in third person for Damaya and Syenite, but uses second person for Essen, forcing the reader to meld with her character. This doesn't mean that Essen lacks personality -- far from it -- but it pulls the reader 100% into her perspective, which is especially powerful considering how atypical Essen is as a fantasy protagonist. She's a dark-skinned middle-aged woman, and the reader cannot escape empathizing with her.

The Fifth Season is also the sort of book that you feel like you're unravelling as you go along, trying to figure nk jemisin the fifth season how all the pieces fit together. When are the three protagonists' stories happening, relative to each other? How are their stories connected? The novel opens with a figure choosing to destroy the world, but who is it, why did they want to do that, how did they do it? What is this world we're thrown into, and how does it work? It's the sort of novel that you want to start rereading the moment you finish it, just to see all the things you missed and how it all fit together.

Sometimes, though, the book feels more like a puzzle than a story. Each protagonist has their own plotline, but most of my engagement with the book came from trying to figure out all of its nk jemisin the fifth season and see how the different stories all fit hsbc mortgage login us. It does deliver on most of these promises, but it causes a slight problem in pacing. I figured out the answers to most of the puzzles at just the right time, usually maybe one chapter ahead of when it was confirmed, so that element of pacing was good, but sometimes I found myself wondering how the random plot threads were connected to the main story of the apocalypse.

SPOILERS: Of course, the revelation that all three protagonists are the same person explains some of this, but doesn't really fix the reading experience itself. I wondered how life on a pirate island was connected to the apocalypse, for example, and it wasn't, really, beyond the impact it had on Essen and Alabaster. It made me lose some of my engagement with the novel toward the end.

Despite its official description, The Fifth Season is not really apocalyptic fiction. It's a story about orogenes, which means that it's a story about freedom, power, and slavery. Orogenes who are deemed controllable are taken to the Fulcrum, where they are trained to be useful, and to obey their Guardians without question. They are the monsters, they're told, and they must be controlled. Through the novel, we see the story of one girl who is being pulled into this world, and who is made to believe that embracing it is the only way she can be loved and safe, side-by-side with the story of the young woman who is gradually starting to question this world and how it treats her, after growing up wanting to play by its rules to succeed. And it's all capped by that official summary story, of the older woman who tried to run away and hide from the whole system, but who is being crushed by it anyway.

Mixed in with these intense themes is an interest in history and stories -- what people tell you, what's been forgotten, and what actually happened. In particular, the book is concerned with the story of a particularly evil orogene who slaughtered everyone in their path and was defeated by a noble hero who became the first Guardian. We're first introduced to this tale through Damaya, who is told it as her new Guardian breaks her hand to teach her that she is potentially a villain and she must therefore obey at all costs. It's a shocking scene, the first sign that the apparently nice Guardian isn't so wonderful after all, and its implications resonate through the rest of the novel.

As The Fifth Season is set in a society where darker skin is the default, it's definitely an extremely diverse book by typical fantasy standards. It's also an intersectional book, with a trans character, gay characters. basically all the people left out of typical sci-fi/fantasy and apocalypse narratives.Because of its structure, The Fifth Season feels very much like it should be a standalone book. I forgot, as I was reading, that it was the first in a trilogy, and the lies of my kindle page count (thanks, free sample and appendices!) made me extra surprised to turn the page on a certain line and realized I'd reached the end. But it feels so much like a standalone novel that at first I tried to reconcile the final line as a kind of open-ended conclusion, until I looked it up and found out there are going to be two more books.

One problem with the first book in a trilogy is that it's hard to tell what was left out on purpose for later, and what was just confusing or incomplete. In particular, I was left wondering pretty much everything about stone-eaters and how they fit into the world. And what were those obelisks? What did happen at Allia? Lots of points confused me, and I can't tell, as yet, whether everything will be explained later, or whether the book was unintentionally unclear.

Still, The Fifth Season is a really inventive, well-written and powerful book. I found my attention wandering slightly at the end, but overall, it's a nk jemisin the fifth season and refreshing story. I'm not sure where I'm going to place it against Uprooted and the other books on the ballot I've yet to read, but it's definitely worth giving a read.

Book Depository

Tired of the endless slew of Tolkienesque fantasy, I asked for recommendations of fantasy-loving friends. N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy came up again and again. It’s actually a surprise it stayed smith and wesson m&p shield my radar for so long, as it is well-loved in the bookish community as well as by the broader public.

The world knows five seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall, and death. Comms are always prepared for the inevitable fifth season, where the sky darkens and life is uncertain. Told from three perspectives, this novel reveals a world where the earth itself has become angry. It shudders and heaves, and it is only orogenes that can still it. Yet they are feared and ostracized, often killed before they reach puberty. Their awful power can kill thousands of people with one thought, but is at the same time essential for humanity’s survival.

The Fifth Season contains many elements which are brought together skilfully by Ms Jemisin. Points of view span different times and places but never become confusing; little seeds promising future events fully come to bloom later on; the world feels fresh and interesting and there is always more to discover beyond the next turn. The earth as envisioned in The Fifth Season feels familiar quickly, but our understanding of its workings deepens nk jemisin the fifth season our protagonists discover more about it. What I especially liked is that it stays clear of the nk jemisin the fifth season trope: a typical fantasy plot where we are introduced to the magic system and the character’s surroundings through an exceedingly naïve and sheltered child. Ms Jemisin’s characters are generally already familiar with orogeny (a form of earth-moving magic), leaving space for more interesting developments.

Perhaps my favourite element of The Fifth Season is its acknowledgement that human nature is not simple. We do not all want the same thing, no matter in what groups or communities we collect ourselves. This same courtesy is extended to the other races in this universe, such as the mysterious stone-eaters. Everyone has their own agenda, and it is not always clear what it is. Additionally, the book lightly touches on non-monogamous and non-heterosexual relationships in a way that is accepting and loving. Even though romance is of little consequence as a whole within the book, nk jemisin the fifth season was great to see it being handled respectfully. All too often the sexually unconventional are demonized in fantasy.

A common thread throughout the novel is a commentary on race and Othering. To give a quick summary, theories around Othering try to explain how groups of people can be made to seem inhuman, not one of us, the Other. Throughout history, racial difference has often been used to treat groups of people horribly, a rhetoric employed to justify acts up to and including genocides. In The Fifth Season the racial Other is displaced unto the magical/powerful Other. It is not skin colour that sets people in this world apart (what we now would see as blackness or a mid-African phenotype is a point of beauty) but what they can do. While the characters face terrible injustices because of their capabilities, the reader feels that their powers are actually amazing and should be cherished. This emotion reaction of pushing back against discrimination of orogenes subtly points back to racial Othering. However, because that anxiety and tension is displaced onto a category of people which does not exist in our reality, it allows all people who feel like they have ever been excluded from society to identify with the plights of these characters. This is truly very well done – I can’t imagine it being handled more skilfully by any other writer.

Perhaps the only element that was missing for me was an emotional connection with the characters. A tighter connection would have catapulted this book from “wow, this is great!” to an all-time favourite. As it stands, The Fifth Season was everything I was looking for when I asked for diverse fantasy recommendations, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

Trigger warnings (highlight to show): physical abuse of children, discrimination, implied genocide, forced sexual relations*, off-page execution of children, forced captivity, inter-species cannibalism.
* Regarding the forced sexual relation, it was surprisingly low in rape triggers. The female character is an active participant, seeing it more like a chore that needs to be done with low emotional repercussions.


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 civilization’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.

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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

Cover of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Author(s)N.K. Jemisin
PublishedAugust 4, 2015
Age groupAdult

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is an adult fantasy novel, originally published on August 4, 2015. It is the first book in The Broken Earth series.

Trigger Warnings

  • Cannibalism (mentioned)
  • Child abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Death (including child, graphic)
  • Discrimination
  • Genocide
  • Murder
  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Slavery
  • Violence


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Virtually all characters are Black, including protagonists, love interests, and primary side characters*
  • Bisexual love interest
  • Gay side character
  • Transgender side characters



The Fifth Season - (Broken Earth) by N K Jemisin (Paperback)

About the Nk jemisin the fifth season

In a post-apocalyptic world plagued by natural diasters, Essun lives in a small comunity barricaded against the outside world. When her husband relizes that she and her children are orogenes with the ability to manipulate seismic energy, he kills their son and kidnaps their daughter. Against the backdrop of the end of the world, Essun follows, beginning an odyssey which will not end until her daughter is safe.

Book Synopsis

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this intricate and extraordinary Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

This is the way the world ends. .for the last time.

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Review Quotes

The Fifth Seasonis a powerful, epic novel of discovery, pain, and heartbreak. It is a novel that demands much of its readers; it rewards them aplenty and is one of those novels that becomes more powerful after deep consideration and subsequent readings.--SFF World

[The Fifth Seasonis] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end of the novel. . Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy.--Guardian

[A]ngrily, beautifully apocalyptic.--B&

A must-buy.breaks uncharted ground.--Library Journal (starred review)

Astounding. Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come.--NPR Books

Brilliant.gorgeous writing and unexpected plot twists.--Washington Post

Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, The Fifth Seasonis a tour-de-force. I felt every shock--and the book is packed with them--in my marrow. It's no exaggeration to say that Jemisin expands the range of what great fantasy can be.--Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades

Intricate and extraordinary.--The New York Times

Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold.--Entertainment Weekly

Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now. [She] is a master at what she does. --RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world.--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!--Martha Wells

With every new work, Jemisin's ability to build worlds and break hearts only grows.--Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

N. K. Jemisinis a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York TimesNotable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at


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