Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.
Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.
For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The final installment in N.K. Jemisin’s epic fantasy trilogy reads like a wild, dark, and chillingly lucid dream. The Stone Sky takes place in the Stillness, a supercontinent where cataclysmic earthquakes threaten human extinction. The only people who can prevent this are the enslaved orogenes who have energy-controlling superpowers; Essun, the last hope for the Stillness' inhabitants, finds herself in a deeply personal race to save them. In not-so-subtle ways, The Stone Sky's themes of environmental sabotage, oppression, and family tension contain messages that are relevant and foreboding.
The earthshaking conclusion to Jemisin's powerful postapocalyptic Broken Earth trilogy (after The Obelisk Gate) finds the fate of a damaged world in the hands of a mother, who wants to save it, and her daughter, who wants to destroy it. Essun believes she is the only person left alive who has the power and skill to open the magical Obelisk Gate and wield its power to save her cataclysm-rocked planet, the Stillness, which is being torn apart by an ancient experiment that got out of hand. But she is caught between that duty and her need to find Nassun, her 10-year-old daughter. Nassun's father killed her brother and took her away because both children shared their mother's dangerous talent; he hoped to "cure" her, but instead she has become incredibly powerful. Essun's search grows urgent when she learns that Nassun is being guided by a dangerous mentor with plans of his own. Jemisin draws Essun and Nassun perfectly, capturing a mother's guilt and pride and a daughter's determination to survive on her own terms. The Stillness, where ancient science is powered by magic, is unforgettable. 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.
A satisfying end to a great trilogy
My only beef with The Stone Sky is that it is the end. I would gladly follow Essen and Nassun around the stillness with their cadre of stone eaters, orígenes, and stills. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and The Broken Earth is no exception.
The Stone Sky is a satisfying 5-star end to Essun’s journey. The bleak world of the Stillness during a season is told through excellent prose that brings the world to life. This book ties the story up nicely while leaving you wanting more.
Wonderfully done! Creative,thoughtful and intuitive.
An author of great style. She knows how to touch the human spirit!
Broken Earth Trilogy
When you cry at the pain the characters...who become your good friends over the course of nearly 1800 pages with the three books...feel, and find yourself rooting for their survival, it is because you have fallen into the hands of a master writer. Thank you Ms. Jemisin.