The Fifth Season

We expect any novel to have the standard elements of fiction (point of view, plot, etc.), but The Fifth Season has an element we don’t always see: cohesiveness.  Cohesiveness provides for smooth, seamless transition from one scene to the next; the end result is a story that feels more real.

Most good books work toward cohesiveness – but it’s hard to sustain from start to finish.  Usually, at some point in the story telling, we end up with a series of scenes that technically make sense together but aren’t well tied together.  Even worse is when an author come up with contrived ways to make sense of things – readers can always sense this.

Jemisin has nailed it with cohesiveness in The Fifth Season.  Everything feels spontaneous and natural from start to finish.  It’s no wonder this book won the 2016 Hugo Award.

The Fifth Season portrays a dying world that can be saved only by powerful beings that are hated and mistreated by the everyone.

– Cowering King

The Fifth Season is a masterwork of spontaneity and smooth storytelling.

– Cowering King


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