The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin Read-a-long!
And we’re back with another week of Yeine awesomeness :D. I’m hosting this week so please do leave links to your responses or just paste your responses into the comments! Remember that there will be SPOILERS for those of you who haven’t read up to Chapter 16.
1) We’ve started to learn about a side of Yeine’s mother that Yeine can barely believe existed. No one in this story seems all that capable of telling the objective truth, however, so who do you think Kinneth really was? A devoted mother? A traitorous schemer? Evil and cruel?
I really didn’t want to believe that Kinneth was so cruel as so many people have been alluding to. It seems unlikely that a person truly that evil could show kindness to their daughter, so Yeine would have known. I’m thinking that Kinneth was very calculating and realized what she needed to seem like in order to survive, but at her core truly did want to do what was right. I’m hoping she ran away in order to escape the evil of the palace >.>.
2) Wow major plot reveal Batman! Finding out about Yeine’s second soul was not something I saw coming at all. Did you suspect? Have any other theories? What do you think of this major plot development? What do you think Yeine should do?
I freaking LOVED that plot twist :D. I definitely didn’t see it coming and while I said last week that I hoped that Yeine wasn’t the chosen one, this totally works. She wasn’t anything all that special until the gods put the second soul into her, she just happened to be the fetus that they could access at the time! But now of course she is special and apparently going a bit mad, woot. Gah, I have no idea what I would do in her situation. It seems likely that she’s going to die no matter what (except for the whole two more books thing), so I guess sacrificing yourself for the good of the world is best option?
3) We’ve gotten to know a lot more about Darr in this section and their traditions have both good and bad sides it seems to me. What do you think of their coming-of-age ritual for the women? What about women soldiers and men being left to protect the children? Any other traditions that struck you?
Whoa, I just didn’t know what to think about this…. At first I was all, yey strong women! Then I was all, omg rape is not cool no matter what, WTF! And now I’m happy that Jemisin put varied traditions into the Darre culture since no culture is perfect in the real world right? Too often authors use the matriarchal society thing as a beacon of pure goodness, so I like a more realistic society that is matriarchal but also has some backward problems as well. The women soldiers thing is interesting, since it’s a good point that men’s strength is good for defending the most important thing to the city, but I feel like not using that strength on the battlefield is a tactical error as well. Why can’t we all just be treated equally????
4) The Walking Death played a pretty big role in the past given none of this would have happened if Yeine’s father hadn’t gotten sick. There was discussion in the previous section about how the Death only infects commoners and those of high-birth aren’t affected. What do you think the Death really is? Any theories on why it infects only certain people?
I am so intrigued by this! I’m also hoping that I remembered it right, I’m bad at remembering things D: (like Yeine :D). But I do definitely remember a character mentioning that when Yeine’s father got sick, it was a sign that Kinneth had married way below herself. In any case, I hope there is a good explanation for this one (I suppose god curse could work, but I’d be disappointed!), since it doesn’t make any sense for a sickness to literally only infect low borns. Even with hygiene, etc, EVENTUALLY nobles are bound to get sick.
5) Finally, we’ve learned a lot more about our enslaved gods between getting to know Nahadoth better, finding out what is up with Sieh, and seeing a rather bitter side of Kurue. What do you think of all these revelations? Has your favorite god changed?
I was so amusingly wrong about Nahadoth not being hypersexual! Touche! Nahadoth is majorly creeping me out at this point with all the sexual innuendo mixed with violence, definitely not something I’m into. I’m glad to know why Sieh was all snuggly, since I was worried that was sexual too, but now it’s obvious that he just really freaking misses his mom and wants to be close to her, which is just sweet :D. I’m hoping we get to see more of the other gods since I don’t have much of an impression of them beyond Kurue being all prissy about mortals in that one conversation ;-).
That’s it for this week! Remember to post your responses and leave links in the comments so that we can all visit each other and discuss :D.
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