Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

Title: The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth 2)

Author: NK Jemisin

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Publisher: Orbit

Published: August 18, 2016

Page Amount: 448 pages

Goodreads SummaryThe season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever. It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy. It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last. The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken

Why Read: I read the first book in the Broken Earth series when it came out, not only because the concept sounded good but because Book Riot has got me in the habit of trying to read books by diverse authors. It never occurred to me how what books I purchase do have an affect on what is published. So there was no question I would purchase the sequel in paperback.

Review: Probably what I love the most about NK Jemisin’s writing is that they challenge me. It’s not the science fiction book that I’m used to reading. It’s a weird strange conceptual world that really forces me to think about what I’m reading, how the characters are, and what kind of future dystopia she has placed us in. There’s nothing like a challenging read and I really thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Even though I only read this book a week or so ago, it feels like a decade because not only is each and every chapter hard sometimes to explain or properly process, it’s just a strange book to write about. Of course there are the main characters like Essun, her daughter and Alabaster. But more and more I found who I was interested in was the side characters who were just dealing with another Season (aka end of the world).

For lack of a better idea, I’m going to not say more than that I think it’s important to read good books by diverse authors. People who have different backgrounds from our own see the world differently, and it’s worth it (in my opinion) to expose yourself to it in any way you can.  Oh and it won the Nebula and Hugo Awards for best science fiction… (just saying)

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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