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.
If you’ve never read a book with a 2nd person POV this is the one you should start with.
I am reeling after the ride The Fifth Season took me on. This book had so many moving parts, I actually want to read it again just to see all the dots connect now that I know the ending.
The story is emotional, magical and has so much strength in character. Each person within it is beautifully crafted, and adds depth to each of the POV’s journey. I am left with so many questions, but also overly satisfied with the experiences of reading this book.
The 2nd Person POV added so much depth to the story, when you hear the idea of writing from that POV is sounds wrong, but wow, when it’s done right, it can completely chance a story from just a tale, to a work of art.
I don’t want to give away any of the story so I won’t go into all my favorite aspects, but if you’re looking for your next drool worthy book, this is it.