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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin eARC {5 Stars}

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin eARC {5 Stars}

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth #3)
Published by Orbit on Aug. 15th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 432 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.

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.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Stone Sky from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • If I did six stars for books, this one would get that many because it is just that epic.
  • Solid plot arc all on its own – I have rather picky opinions when it comes to how I like trilogies to be structured and so I’ve been very happy with this trilogy because it does it the way I like. Each book has a solid plot arc and story that is told on its own in addition to building on the previous books. It just makes sequels more satisfying to me.
  • Such amazing and epic reveals – the intrigue into this series has always been “what the hell is going on?” since the world is just so different and strange. We’ve been getting pieces along the way, but, as expected, this is where all the pieces click together to give you the full picture of the magic and creatures of the world.
  • Satisfying conclusion – I was worried that there would be some serious questions left after this book given just how much there was going on. I’m happy to report that I at least got answers to all the mysteries that were most intriguing me. And not just implied answers that you have to figure out yourself. Actual logical answers!
  • More awesome writing with second person – Whenever I tell people about this trilogy, I have to mention the second person perspective. I hadn’t been expecting that to continue in this book for reasons, but it does in a different context. I liked that artistic choice to keep going with some second person but spin it from a new perspective.
  • Find out the whole history of how things got this way – One thing that became rather clear in the second book was that this planet had had a history VERY different from our own planet, which contributed largely to all the cool things. The third book jumps all the way back to before the seasons started to give you a complete picture of how civilization went terribly terribly wrong. I loved this mix of a sci-fi futuristic society with the more fantasy, low-tech setting in which the present story takes place.

Weaknesses:

  • Really hard read for parents I suspect – If you made it through book two, you probably already know this, but this is a trilogy that has a lot of painful parent/child moments. Like trigger warning worthy if you aren’t in a good place mentally to deal with that topic.
  • Still confused about some aspects of the world – This is definitely mostly on me, since if I went back and read everything again, I would probably understand the world much better. I get the big picture just fine since its logical, but even by the last chapter, I couldn’t tell you how all the details match up to make that big picture because wow is it complicated.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

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Comments

  1. I am so excited to read this one. I adored the first two books.
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