Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Fifth Season

My book for September is The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. Looking for a science fiction novel to read, I kept coming across the Broken Earth trilogy. This is the first book in the series. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. It also won the Sputnik Award and was nominated for the Nebula Award and World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. The second and third books in the trilogy also won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

This is not a genre that I typically read. It is much more of a fantasy novel than a hard science fiction novel.

The Fifth Season takes place on a planet with a single supercontinent called the Stillness. Every few centuries, its inhabitants endure what they call a "Fifth Season" of catastrophic climate change. There are some hints in the story that this is earth in the future.

I enjoyed the book a lot more than I expected. I give it a B+. I recommend it. I will definitely read the next book in the trilogy.

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