Wednesday 4 February 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Most Anticipated Book of the Coming Months:

    Title: The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)
    Author: N.K. Jemisin
    Publisher: Viking Juvenile
    To be Published: August 4th 2015

Goodreads Synopsis:

This is the way the world ends. Again. 

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze—the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years—collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

Why I am eagerly anticipating The Fifth Season:

I fell in love with this book once I had read the synopsis. For one, I love fantasy and this sounds like it could be a great Fantasy novel. Also, my favourite fantasy books, so far, have all been written by men so I think it will be a nice change to read a female-written fantasy. I also really just love the concept - a woman chasing after her husband who has killed her son and kidnapped her daughter in a fantasy setting - this is not like anything I have ever read before. Essun seems like a really strong female role model and I don't think there will be an annoying love interest that turns her into a blundering fool like a lot of books I have been reading lately. 

When I saw the rating on Goodreads I was really surprised that it already had only 3.58 rating. Turns out that this book has been pushed back quite a bit and people were not happy and started giving it one star reviews while others started giving it five star reviews because they were so excited for it. That is one thing I don't think people should be allowed do, is rate a book before they ever read it, it just doesn't make sense.

Have you read anything by N.K. Jemisin? What did you think about her writing? Do you rate a book before you ever read it on Goodreads? What book are you most excited for?

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