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The Fifth Season (Broken Earth #1) (Paperback)

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    Staff Reviews

    Jemisin is a brilliant world-builder -- and this is (at least) her third world. The Stillness is prone to shakes, quakes, and other geological happenings; certain people, called orogenes, have the power to stop these shakes before they start. Orogenes are feared and hated, unless they're part of the Fulcrum, where they are trained and controlled. Jemisin weaves three storylines -- a mother looking for her kidnapped daughter; a girl taken to the Fulcrum; two orogenes, reluctantly working together -- into a mesmerizing whole, building a vivid, uncertain world populated with unforgettable characters. (Molly)

    — From Molly


    "Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)


    This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
    A season of endings has begun.

    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.

    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 EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate

    About the Author

    N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for both The Obelisk Gate and The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable 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

    Praise For…

    "[It] shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose" -
    -Library Journal (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

    "Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene." -
    -Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon

    "[A] gripping series well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure."
    -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

    This is a book that readers won't be able to put down...A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year."
    -RT Book Reviews on The Inheritance trilogy

    "N.K. Jemisin has written a fascinating epic fantasy where the stakes are not just the fate of kingdoms but of the world and the universe." on The Inheritance trilogy

    "The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built."
    -Naomi Novik on The Inheritance trilogy

    "Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start...a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
    -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Inheritance trilogy

    "A compelling page-turner."
    -The Onion A.V. Club on The Inheritance trilogy

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780316229296
    ISBN-10: 0316229296
    Publisher: Orbit
    Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
    Pages: 512
    Language: English