Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a "glorious" story of culture, identity, magic, and myths in contemporary New York City.
In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power.
In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it's as if the paint is literally calling to her.
In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels.
And they're not the only ones.
Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six.
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun
The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)
The Broken Earth
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
The Stone Sky
How Long 'til Black Future Month? (short story collection)
"A glorious fantasy." —Neil Gaiman
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Plenty of people think of cities as being alive—just maybe not in the way that N. K. Jemisin envisions in her brilliant new fantasy. The Hugo Award–winning author imagines a world where every great city has an avatar, a mystical being who serves as the community’s soul and protector. The Big Apple is lucky: She’s got a squad, with her primary avatar being joined by one for each of the five boroughs. And they’ll all need to work together—with an assist from across the Hudson—to withstand a malicious interdimensional threat. Jemisin describes New York with an intoxicating rhythmic style, taking pains to get every detail of each diverse neighborhood right, from the South Bronx to Coney Island. Narrator Robin Miles adds even more gorgeous texture with a perfectly on-point accent for each character. When the cosmic heroes finally come together, they create a captivating crew that would make both Langston Hughes and Isaac Asimov proud. The first book in a planned trilogy, The City We Became closes with a jaw-dropping battle that’s as thrilling as the city it celebrates.
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This book was such an exhilarating ride! Action packed and thought provoking, and the narrator is also phenomenal! I’ve never heard so many different accents come from one person and actually sound accurate.
Couldn’t finish. Erratic. Felt like I was listening to propaganda that I don’t align with at all.