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The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth) Paperback – August 15, 2017
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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"Who knew a post-apocalyptic fanatsy could forge a new path over well-trodden ground while still packing an emotional punch?"―Parade
"The Stone Sky ... establishes [Jemisin] as arguably the most important speculative writer of her generation... It's that good. She's that good."―John Scalzi, Wall Street Journal
"[N. K. Jemisin] has pretty well conquered [the epic fantasy scene] with the Broken Earth."―The New York Times
"Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they're simply not available, in this world or ours. Painful and powerful."―Kirkus (starred review)
"Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The depth and breadth of Jemisin's achievement with this trilogy is geologic. These books are a revolution in which I want to take part."―NPR Books
"Incredible, wildly original . . . [The Stone Sky is] blowing me away."―The Verge
"A real tour de force . . . one of the best fantasy trilogies in recent memory."―RT Book Reviews (five stars)
"The powerful conclusion to the "Broken Earth" trilogy will please the author's many fans with its fully developed world, detailed settings, and complex characters."―Library Journal
"N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is the best new speculative fiction I've read in a long time . . . Intricate [and] captivating."―Literary Hub
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 nkjemisin.com.
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This was so good, I'll probably re-read the entire series again by the end of this year. This was truly a 5-course meal of a trilogy. Jemisin never hesitated staring an ugly truth right in the eye and it really paid off. Nothing came easy and there wasn't a hint of a Mary Sue moment.
It was refreshing to be offered a series where the main character was over 40, had kids and had already lived a full range of experiences. This is the second series that I've read by Jemisin and as much as I loved the 1st one (The Inheritance Trilogy), this was even better. I hope it doesn't sound pompous, but you can see more maturity in both the writing and the story-line.
The audio-book narrator, Robin Miles, is headed to the top of my narrator list. She can add everything from an African to a Gaelic? to a Slavic accent without sounding fake. It really brings the characters to life in a nice way.
I'm sure I'll still be re-reading this series decades from now. It's easy to see why Jemisin won the Hugo back to back on this one.
It occurred to me today—when I thought that this is by far the BEST trilogy I’ve ever read—that it might very well be the ONLY one I managed to finish. Sure, I’ve read longer series a few times in my life, but not a series with three books, like this one.
Usually, I lose interest in the 2nd book and then never bother with the third. But these? All of them, so wonderfully executed! And I LOVE how she finished the story. Perfect, perfect, perfect!
So many strong messages within. Absolutely in my top 3 reads of 2017; in the top 5 of my life, at that!
And narrated so well, start to finish. It was a joy to read AND to hear.
The second book? UGH. Skip it. Seriously. (I’m really really not kidding… it is SO BAD. I believe it won the Hugo award because of the excellence and popularity of the first book, at the time of voting it had not been in publication long enough for most voters to have actually read it.)
So, I put off reading this third installment for quite some time… and now I’m kicking myself because it was an excellent ending to the series. All my questions were (mostly) answered about the origins of the obelisks, the orogenes, the Guardians, the Stone Eaters… all of it. Essun is finally reunited with her daughter. The one sour note was the death of a major character who was attempting to redeem himself… I’m still not sure how I feel about that.
N. K. Jemisin does not disappoint. Suffice to say this trilogy ends in such a poignant and thought provoking fashion, you'll be thinking about it for years to come.
If you've read Book 1 and 2 (which, yes you have to read before this one) and you're considering reading this one... JUST RUSTING DO IT!!!
I could go on and on about the details of the characters, the world, the story, all of which are some of the best I've ever read, but if you already loved that in Book 1 and 2, it's all of that and more.
MORE revelations about the world! MORE character drama and significant change! MORE heartfelt commentary on our own world!
Just read it already. Please! Then tell your friends how great this trilogy is! Everyone should read it.
Some of my other favorite alternate reality books have been Man in the High Castle and Decipher. Other favorite authors have been Anne McCaferty Pern books, Andrea Norton, Mercedes Lackey, B.V. Larson, Orson Scott Card, Tolkien, and George R. R. Martin.