"A glorious fantasy."--Neil Gaiman
Three-time Hugo Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N.K. Jemisin crafts her most incredible novel yet, a 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 TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)
The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky
How Long 'til Black Future Month? (short story collection)
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. All six of these New Yorkers will 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 just right, from the South Bronx to Crown Heights. When the cosmic heroes of her tale 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.
The staggering contemporary fantasy that launches three-time Hugo Award-winner Jemisin's new trilogy (following the Broken Earth series) leads readers into the beating heart of New York City for a stunning tale of a world out of balance. After hundreds of years of gestation, New York City is awakening to sentience, but "postpartum complications" threaten to destroy it. An alien, amorphous force, personified by the Woman in White, launches an attack on New York. Five people one for each of the city's five boroughs are called to become avatars dedicated to protecting the city. If they can combine their powers, they'll be able to awaken the avatar of the city as a whole and defeat the Woman in White, but first they'll have to find each other. While the Woman in White works to undermine them, the five avatars, whose personalities delightfully mirror the character of their respective boroughs (the Bronx is "creative with an attitude," Manhattan is "smart, charming, well-dressed, and cold enough to strangle you in an alley if we still had alleys"), learn the extent of their new powers. Jemisin's earthy, vibrant New York is mirrored in her dynamic, multicultural cast. Blending the concept of the multiverse with New York City arcana, this novel works as both a wry adventure and an incisive look at a changing city. Readers will be thrilled.
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Couldn’t put it down
I love this author. So far I’ve only been fortunate enough to read the Broken Earth Trilogy (HIGHLY recommend btw) but hey books are expensive. It was just chance that I searched her name and found this new one. So exciting!! I’m from New York so it was especially exciting. I was surprised she wrote about a real city but I think she nailed it. I feel like this author is so talented. She writes soooo weeeeeell and different than anything else I’ve read. Just even the way she writes her sentences, it’s hard to explain, but it’s just really impressive. I don’t want to give anything away, but definitely read this author if you love a fascinating imagination and content that has meaning. It makes you think and feel a lot of stuff.
Jemisin has done it again
Truly a master at her craft, this story is a fun romp through New York and other dimensions that was a ton of fun to read. The world building is unparalleled. And where most fictions set in New York feature nothing but white people, it is refreshing to see a cast of characters actually reflect who actually lives in the city. I can’t wait for the next one!!