The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)

Author(s): N. K. Jemisin

SFF Sci-Fi / Fantasy

Winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Novel Book 1 in the record-breaking triple Hugo-Award-winning trilogy ***A New York Times Notable Book*** ***Shortlisted for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Kitschies, Audie and Locus Awards*** ***The inaugural book club pick*** 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. 'Astounding' NPR '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 with The Fifth Season, continuing in The Obelisk Gate (Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel) and concluding with The Stone Sky (Winner of the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novel and 2018 Nebula Award).


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Winner of Hugo Award: Novel Category 2016. Shortlisted for SFWA Nebula Award Novel Category 2016 and Kitschies: Red Tentacle 2016.

Jemisin brilliantly illustrates the belief that, yes, imaginative world-building is a vital element of fantasy - but also that every character is a world unto herself NPR Fantasy novels often provide a degree of escapism: a good thing, for any reader who has something worth escaping. Too often, though, that escape comes through a fictional world that erases rather than solves the more complex problems of our own... In Jemisin's work, nature is not unchangeable or inevitable. The Fifth Season invites us to imagine a dismantling of the earth in both the literal and the metaphorical sense, and suggests the possibility of a richer and more fundamental escape. The New York Times Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, THE FIFTH SEASON is 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

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been multiply nominated for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. Her website is and she tweets at @nkjemisin.

General Fields

  • : 9780356508191
  • : Little, Brown Book Group Limited
  • : Sphere
  • : 0.35
  • : June 2016
  • : 140mm X 200mm X 33mm
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : N. K. Jemisin
  • : 512
  • : very good
  • : 813/.6
  • : en
  • : 617
  • : Paperback