At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.
Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.
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 Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in a dystopian world where people believe the earth itself actually hates them, the first book in N. K. Jemisin’s tough and exciting Broken Earth trilogy isn’t your typical postapocalyptic tale. A cataclysmic event known as the Fifth Season brings world-changing destruction every few centuries, and it’s already begun to make its latest appearance. Amid the chaos and wreckage, three women—Essun, Damaya, and Syenite—fight for survival. What bonds them is that they’re all orogenes—outcasts who can control natural phenomena like frosts and earthquakes. We were all in on Jemisin’s weird and creative world-building. From the fallen empires that make up Jemisin’s mythology to the unjust caste system that makes orogenes despised by society, this brutal universe manages to be both terrifying and strangely relatable. The book’s three heroines are awe-inspiring characters, and narrator Robin Miles gives them each an unmistakably distinct voice. The Fifth Season is a spellbinding listen.
Great Book, confusing with audio sometimes
I think this book is great and I love the world building going on and feel this would be great to have a physical copy of. My only issue was that in audiobook form some things and context just felt a little jumbled. Some terminology, because I can’t see the words etc., gets lost and I find myself relistening to understand. All in all though it’s a great story and I love the world I’ve dived into.
Slow start but…
For me it started a little slow but then pickled up about halfway. I ended up listening to this on 1.5 speed because it was, at times slow to get to the point. I liked the ending.
Great Book, Excellent Narrator
I had previously read this series in paperback, and then on a roadtrip a while back, I needed something to listen to on a long drive across country. Robin Miles doe a fantastic job of narrating this book and gives distinct voices to characters without being too over the top. An excellent series and I’ll definitely look for more audiobooks narrated by Robin Miles.