Episode 14: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Introduction

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In the fourteenth episode of Literary Canon Ball we discuss N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season.

The Fifth Season is a science fantasy novel written by N.K. Jemisin and published in 2015. The winner of the 2016 Hugo Award, The Fifth Season takes place on a supercontinent called the Stillness where every few centuries catastrophic climate change throws the society into chaos.

The first volume in Broken Earth series, the New York Times said The Fifth Season ‘invites us to imagine a dismantling of the earth in both the literal and the metaphorical sense, and suggests the possibility of a richer and more fundamental escape’. NPR said that 'Jemisin brilliantly illustrates the belief that, yes, imaginative world-building is a vital element of fantasy—but also that every character is a world unto herself’.