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The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Fifth Season

Author: N.K. Jemisin

Release Date: 4 August 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars


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This is the very first time I read a book for a book club/ group on Goodreads and I’m glad to say it went well!

I am avidly aware of the fact that I have been absent a lot online and I haven’t been reading or interacting with anyone’s blog posts. I feel very bad about this and I am trying to be more active, but it’s very hard these days.

A new year, a new grade, and new heaps of work. It’s wild and I’m still trying to adapt to my new schedule, but I’m enjoying it! I’m supposed to have read 8 chapters of my English prescribed book, but I’m not really in the mood for a dystopian right now? (#moodreader)

I am a bit behind with my reading; I was actually supposed to review Son of Secrets today as well, but oh well. Hopefully I finish it somewhere this week and can start the next book on my schedule!

Now, let’s talk about the book!

This book is heavy, heavy, epic fantasy at it’s peak. There are no info-dumps, but the amount of information presented to you (in an elegant, suited kind of way) is staggering. But once you’ve passed the first few chapters and have adjusted to the strange writing and character perspectives, the book become wildly enjoyable. You want to know what happens to the characters, you want to know what these characters will do next.

Good Underlying Messages/Themes:

  • To be free is to live, not just survive.
  • History is written by the winner and it can be in their favour.
  • Be careful to not judge people too early.

A whole star for this category!

Realistic Characters and Growth:

This next paragraph is going to be a spoiler so quickly skip it if you haven’t read the book!

The fact that the three POVs are the same person was so shocking to me, but also so enjoyable and pleasing. I was surprised, but there were signs along the way that I probably should have picked up on. But the growth the character goes through (Damaya, Syenite, Essun, whatever you want to call her) was so beautiful that I could only sit there in awe when I found out all three POVs were part of one story. The writer has crafted such a strong character who you can’t help but sympathize with that I am speechless.

This is what you must remember: the ending of one story is just the beginning of another.

The side characters were fleshed out and loveable in their own way, even if they come off as cold, strange, or crazy. I loved the relationship between Alabaster and Syen, the way it didn’t become romantic and stayed purely platonic with a strange dynamic. I loved Essun’s relationship with Hoa, the way they became companions because why not? I loved Damaya’s point of view, the way she was real loner (not like the stereotypical loner in movies) and how we learned how vicious the Guardians can be.

A whole star for this category!

Interesting Story:

I like how there were clear goals that needed to be reached; the storyline was linear and had an end. If there was no end in sight, I probably would have given up quite early.

Of course, nothing every goes as planned but it all seems natural while staying unpredictable.

Accuracy is sacrificed in the name of better poetry.

The author isn’t afraid of being blunt and talking openly about things like different relationships like polyamory, discrimination and violence against minorities, and the way some people are exploited for their usefullness.

In it’s bluntness, it’s refreshing and I admire the author for taking an unflincing approach!

A whole star for this category!


I didn’t feel anything except shock and anger while reading this. The twists and revelations shocked me to my core and left me reeling (evident by me just randomly walking around the house trying to process these things) and the outright discrimination against the orogenes made me furious.

But I didn’t feel sad.

I had loads of sympathy for the characters, but that’s the extent of it. But I think that’s the way the author maybe intended for it to be. The main character isn’t the type to cry or pity herself easily, so in that case I understand.

I don’t feel like the book suffered from the lack of grief, so I’ll give this category a whole star!

Fantastic World-Building:

As I mentioned before, there are no info-dumps, but the world-building is done in a sophisticated manner which made it easier to begin reading the book. Of course, it was a challenge to take everything in at first, but once you start to learn and understand the terms, it enhances your reading experience.

We are creatures born of heat and pressure and grinding, ceaseless movement. To be still is to be…not alive.

There isn’t any lack of it and it’s done with style, not over-complicating it but still giving you enough and wanting more.

A whole star for this category!

That’s it!

If there’s a blog post or review you’d like me to read, please link it below! I’m so behind, but I’ll start trying to catch up!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Till we meet again!

Xx Alexia

8 thoughts on “The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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  1. So I read this back end of last year and I absolutely hated it. The more reviews I see the more I realise that I’m definitely the unpopular opinion.

    The positive thing is that people are loving N K Jemisin and that’s great because I read The Inheritance Tribology by her but no one else spoke about her much. Would highly recommend that series if you’re looking for something different from her after The Broken Earth

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    1. Even though I loved this book, I can completely understand where you’re coming fromπŸ’›I think this read is definitely either a hit or a miss, nothing in between πŸ€·β€β™€οΈthanks for the recommendation πŸ€—πŸ’›πŸ’›

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