In-house editor @whatallydid shares a book recommendation, just in time for the weekend. If you’ve been looking for something immersive, look no further. #reading #fantasy #nkjemisin #bookrecco
@whatallydid says: "I was late to the N.K Jemisin phenomena, but I'm almost grateful that I didn't discover her before. Because her Broken Earth series got me through the first few terrible weeks of lockdown."
I don't want to give away too much of the plot because it's SO interesting. But at the time, the world seemed to be spinning off its axis and in Jemisin's books, we learn what happens after the world ends. Again. And again. And again.
The Fifth Season is set in a world called Stillness that ends frequently. Cataclysmic events occur with disturbing regularity and the landscape is littered with remnants of dead and destroyed civilizations. From volcanoes to acid rain, surviving is hard and living even harder.
Society in Stillness also subverts expectations. There's hatred but it's not based on colour, gender or sexuality. Now that's how you know it's truly fantasy! But jokes apart, the beauty of the book is that Jemisin's world seems utterly alien yet distressingly familiar. #fantasy
The protagonists are three women who are subject to brutal oppression and discrimination. Their stories add to the intricate narrative arc that Jemisin is creating, book by book. Also, the world building is so unusual and rich. #reading
As someone who worries about climate change and systemic oppression, the Fifth Season was a difficult read and impossible to put down. @whatallydid is full of praise for the book, and we promise you that she has excellent taste. #BookRecommendations

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