The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

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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.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

The Broken Earth The Fifth Season The Obelisk Gate
Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316229296
Branch Call Number: BOOK CLUB FIFTH SE
Characteristics: 12 books (498 pages), 1 discussion guide, 1 bag.
Alternative Title: 5th season


From Library Staff

For those who miss Martin's complex, carefully rendered characters: this post-apocalyptic fantasy is the first in a trilogy, following Essun as she searches for her daughter in the ruins of a crumbling world. Richly set and full of complicated, well-drawn characters.

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

February 2018 - an epic environmental fantasy saga

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May 29, 2019

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Mark Melnychuk
May 27, 2019

What a tedious, silly novel! Why did it win an award? Probably because it's politically correct. The book critics have to stop giving useless novels awards!

May 01, 2019

I read this for the "An Author Who Uses Initials" part of my 2019 reading challenge. Most of the book was a solid 3/5, I found the characters a little hard to keep track of and the new terms and language took some getting used to. I love Geology but also had a hard time believing this world, and I was surprised I didn't like it as much as I expected to. The last 1/4 of the book was a 3.5, I liked the surprises and how the story came together.

IndyPL_MeganF Apr 11, 2019

I can't wait to read the next one! Jemisin was able to build a world unique and intriguing but very familiar. It has been a long time that a book surprised me, not once but twice. This book is well worth the hype and awards.

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The first book in a truly excellent series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

Mar 28, 2019

Wow. Such an imagination. I've read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and now The Fifth Season, and in both N. K. Jemisin has created such original worlds. What a treat to read!

Mar 15, 2019


Mar 03, 2019

I asked the salesperson at a small bookstore to recommend any book in the shop to me, and promised that I would buy it. She came back with this one and I am so glad she did. I never would have found it otherwise. I have never read much science fiction as I have always found it to be predictable, with overly simplistic characters, and a love of technology-as-saviour.

The characters in this book are complicated and conflicted. The plot is exciting, the world the author created is complex and interesting. This book proves that science fiction can be so much more than what most (male-dominated) sci-fi has given us so far. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series, and will seek out sci-fi written by women authors.

Jan 22, 2019

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DPL_Graham Jan 10, 2019

The world of “The Fifth Season” is set on a massive continent that is plagued by earthquakes, giant volcanic eruptions, and catastrophic events that threaten to cover the sun. The people of this world know this and both love and fear the earth. Ten Commandment style rules are made so that when one of these horribly destructive seasons, a Fifth Season, take place, as many people as possible are able to survive. It could be 1, 10, or 20 years while the sun is blotted out and the ability to grow and harvest foods is extremely reduced. Massive food and supply caches must be maintained. Comms (small communities) constantly prepare for ruin.

It has been many centuries since the last major Fifth Season thanks to the current dominate civilizations, the Sanze Empire, harnessing those who are attuned to Orogeny. People with Orogeny are both feared and needed as they can both quell and manipulate the earth for good and bad. Enslaved and controlled, they are sent on missions across the continent to keep the Sanze Empire safe. In this novel, two Orogeny’s find themselves linked together and compelled to throw of their shackles and overthrow their masters.

Jemisin’s world building is articulate, encompassing, and her words flow smoothly on the page. Her dirty, smoky, dangerous world is brought forth clearly in this first book of her three book series. As a Fifth Season is ignited at the very beginning of the novel we get the chance to watch chaos unfold, those with Orogeny fight for independence, and conflict between Orogeny, their handlers, and the people of the disturbed continent explored and setup for more explosive action. If you are looking for a fantasy series to explore, look no further. With the third book in this series just released this fantasy series is waiting for you!

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Violence: LOTS of child abuse.


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