Hello, everyone who’s reading this.
I am so incredibly thrilled to finally kick off my Summer Reading 2017 reviews! I know there’s been a lot of hype around this, and you’ve all had to wait a long time to FINALLY hear about what books by people of color I’ve been reading – sorry to take so long. I’ve been writing so much lately – creating new stuff, revising old stuff, submitting short stories – and my reading and blogging have suffered a bit.
But never fear, the Summer Reading reviews are finally here.
And dear friends, let me tell you: I have a new obsession.
I kicked off this year’s reading list with some double-dipping – this one is also a Hugo Award winner. And I could definitely see why from the beginning.
N.K Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is an amazing work of fiction. The world that Jemisin creates sucks you in right away; it’s so unique and mysterious and compelling. Seriously, I love the world of The Fifth Season – even now that I’ve finished the book, I still think about it nearly every day.
The characters, too – I don’t know if there was a single character that I really liked. Maybe one. But oh, were there some characters that I loved to hate. Jemisin did a great job of giving each character intense flaws, while making you feel sorry for most of them even when they were intentionally making poor choices. I often found myself frustrated that I was feeling sympathetic toward them – which I loved. Her characters were deep, complex, and moving.
The Fifth Season is a book that you can easily get caught up in; I definitely did. There were twists I didn’t see coming, and I could hardly contain myself after reading the last page – left hanging there, needing to know what would happen next. So I got on my library’s website, put The Obelisk Gate on hold, and will be reading it VERY soon. Very.
If you’re looking for a dark, magical, fascinating book, get your hands on The Fifth Season – and be prepared to seek out its sequel right away.
Next up on my Summer Reading list:
- The Untamed State by Roxane Gay
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K Jemisin (surprise, surprise)
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu