The Friday 56: The Fifth Season

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“There is no warning jangle of sesuna, as there would be if the movement of the earth came from the earth. That’s why people like these fear people like you, because you’re beyond sense and preparation. You’re a surprise, like a sudden toothache, like a heart attack.”

I loved N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. There are so many layers to this world that long after I finished, I was contemplating the many different political and personal relationships in this one. One thing that really stuck out to me was the use of second person narrative, which I took too really easily. You can read my mini-review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      Three terrible things happen in a single day.
      Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world’s sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
      But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.
      She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.”

29 thoughts on “The Friday 56: The Fifth Season

  1. I love the idea of a second person narrative! The only other one I know of off the top of my head is You by Carolline Kepnes, but I’m not sure if I would enjoy it. I love books that have complex worlds, so I might need to check this one out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Here is my Friday 56 for the week!

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  2. I am kicking myself for not reading this one yet. I have a copy on my shelf and have wanted to read it for awhile now. I am so glad you loved it. It sounds amazing. Have a great weekend!

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