The Fifth Season pdf Summary Reviews by N.K. Jemisin

The Fifth season pdf book is a science fantasy novel by N.K. Jemisin.

The Fifth Season Summary

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

The Fifth season Book Review


About N.K. Jemisin Author of The Fifth Season pdf Book

N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin

N. K. Jemisin author of The Fifth Season pdf book is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for 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

The Fifth Season pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The Fifth Season pdf
The Fifth Season pdf
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit; Reprint edition (August 4, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 512 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316229296
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316229296
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #7,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • #6 in Black & African American Fantasy Fiction (Books)
  • #152 in Magical Realism
  • #155 in Dystopian Fiction
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars  10,563 ratings

The Fifth Season Reviews (

K Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Dystopian, and Thought-Provoking
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2017

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The Fifth Season is the first book in The Broken Earth trilogy. It won the Hugo Award for 2016 and the sequel, The Obelisk Gate, just took the 2017 Hugo Award. The third book in the series, The Stone Sky is due out in a few days (August 15, 2017) and seems to have a lot of buzz around the anticipated release.
Being such a critically acclaimed darling and widely read already, there’s not much my review can add, but I’ll throw my few cents in anyhow.

For me this was a 4.5 star book. This is the second N.K. Jemisin book I’ve read (the other was The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms). I liked this book appreciably more, but there are definitely a few commonalities that I’ll just chalk up to the authors style. She seems to favor chopping her narrative up chronologically, and not really explaining to the reader what’s earlier or later in the timeline, you just get to piece it together as you go. She also seems to favor some tougher to read perspectives (one of the POV storylines in The Fifth Season uses 2nd person, which is not so common, but I thought it worked well in this context). Lastly, she’s not an author that spells out all the twists and turns of the plot, again, the reader is left to infer and piece things together. I thought this was much more effective in The Fifth Season than in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

This book did have fair amount of made up words. You will pretty much catch on to all of it by context, but it’s a little disorienting at the start of the book when they come in fast and furious. For those reading the ebook edition (like I did), it may be helpful to know there’s an index at the back of the book. As usual, I only found it when I was done. One day I’ll learn to check.

Quick plot overview without getting into spoilers – this is a dystopian novel, set on a far future Earth. The continents have been smashed together again and the world is menaced by extremely active tectonic shifts and the resulting hot spots/volcanoes. The titular “Fifth Seasons” happen when a massive natural disaster occurs (volcano/earthquake) that impacts life over most or all of the continent for a long period of time (anywhere from six months to hundreds of years) – impacts can be acidic rain, famine, fungal blooms, crop extinction, etc. There’s an index of the various Fifth Seasons at the back of the book as well.

The narrative revolves around people in this world with an extra ability to control the earth (specifically seismically, in quelling or causing earthquakes/tsunamis/volcanic erruptions). These people are called orogenes (politely) or roggas (informally/derogatorily). In the current timeline, an empire called Sanze controls most of the continent. At the capital of Sanze, there’s a school/training facility called the Fulcrum. The Fulcrum is designed to train/control orogenes.

In philosophical themes, the book gives you a lot to chew over and think about in regard to the true meaning and results of slavery and freedom and the intention of actions and the results. The book also touches on race (a lot of comments will note the description of most of the population reads as African or Asian) and sexuality (there is a gender fluid character as well as some bisexuality and a three-way, sort of, relationship).

The book is most certainly dark, but worthy of reading. There are several instances of abuse centered on children which always seems harder to read and a few grisly deaths as well as some mass death events. The world of The Fifth Season is a harsh one. There was not a lot of humor to lighten this book up but it was nonetheless an engaging read that left you with something to ponder.
Edit: I finished this book several months ago but I’m still thinking about it. Added an extra star for the narrative’s lasting power.

N. Beasley

2.0 out of 5 stars My feelings for this book are complicated leaning towards negative
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2018

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This book was a dance with liking and disliking the writing.

This is the first Jemisin book I’ve read and her writing style is apparently not to my tastes. After finishing much of the painful writing makes sense why it was approached but this led to me actively disliking the book. See others 1 and 2 star reviews to get a summary of issues.

The main character of the book wavers between myself not caring and actively disliking reading about her and being engaged then going to marginally engaged. I’d put more discussion about this here but due to spoilers I’ll refrain.

The world is full. However it felt like pulling teeth pulling bits and pieces out. I think it is fairly coherent and being a science fiction book through obfuscating it like a fantasy distracted from the book.

The focus on characters appearance became tedious quickly. Going on for several sentences about how to determine which part of the world a passing stranger is from with whom there is no interaction became a common place event and felt like word padding. I have no ruled out reading the second in this series but I am hesitant to commit to it.

As for this book being Hugo / Nebula nominee I can see how people could think it might deserve such. However I did not find the writing or plot or story to be a driving it into my list of great books. I also can not say it didn’t deserve it. I think this should sum up my final feel, it is complicated and mixed. But my final reaction is more relief I finished it after nearly marking is DNF at 10% and not enjoyment. That is truly one of the most condemning summaries I can give a book. It wasn’t bad enough to not finish but I’m glad it is over.

Linda “K”

5.0 out of 5 stars A unique world and magic system; highly recommended
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2017

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I picked up the Kindle and audio versions if this trilogy to take a break from my recent “hard SF” binge. My expectations were not high — I’ve been disappointed by many fantasy authors trying to “break the mold” and differentiate themselves from the Tolkiens, Martins, and Rothfuss of today’s big-book-fantasy. I was happily surprised by these books. This is neither a _Harry Potter_ YA nor a grimdark story; it’s not an urban fantasy or a classic quest tale. It is a well-written fantasy with a largely unique magic system and mythos coupled with a satisfying personal story of loss, revenge, and what it means to be an “other” in stratified, xenophobic, society. The only books I can conpare it to are Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet (and that’s good company for any story). Highly recommended for any reader of modern fantasy looking for a unique world and system of magic.

Cathy Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible imagination and depth
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2017

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This story displays incredible imagination and emotional depth. It’s secondary world fantasy with a setting that feels fresh, detailed and well-drawn. I have read a lot of fantasy, but I’ve not read a world like this one. It’s cool to see how a particular aspect of the environment has so thoroughly impacted society, culture and history. The way that communities operate and the common culture that holds them together is depicted well, but this no homogeneous society. Communities vary depending on size, wealth and status, and the people of the continent come in different shapes, appearances and roles which affect their attitudes and behaviours. The reader is introduced to various pieces of lore and vocabulary from the world without a lot of heavy exposition and this creates depth. By following characters on the fringes of society we get glimpses of what is considered normal, why that doesn’t apply to certain people, and how normalcy can change very suddenly.

I don’t want to go into plot details, because this is a better read if you don’t know a lot going into it, but the story starts with something big and somehow manages to ramp things up. The book switches about, and the narrative structure is very cleverly done, at least I felt quite clever when I figured it out and was impressed with the method. There are sections of the book that are told with an immediacy and intimacy in a style that isn’t often used in fiction. It’s the kind of thing that seems like it shouldn’t work, but the author skilfully uses an unusual writing style to make the reader identify strongly with a character who is going through something brutal. The characters go through a lot of changes and take various emotional blows and the reader feels each keenly meaning that this isn’t an easy read but it is a thoroughly engaging one.

The book explores how society controls certain groups of people who are considered to be dangerous through hatred, fear and exploitation of their resources. Some of this is direct and lethal prejudice, but some of it is subtler and secretive, using the skill and resources of people to support a system that hates them. It also shows how the people who are victims of this hatred and exploitation can come to believe what’s said about them and buy into their own oppression. It presents alternative ways of living that exist on the edges of, and hidden beneath, mainstream society. There’s also exploration of how friendship, family and community can sustain a person and how these change in times of extremity. The story and characters don’t stick to the traditional ideas of love, family and gender that exist in the mainstream of our own society, which is refreshing. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fresh, powerful fantasy.

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