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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet, small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter.
Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilisation's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And, worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes - those who wield the power of the Earth as a weapon - are feared far more than the long, cold night.
Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
The first novel in a new series by award-winning author N. K. Jemisin where a mother struggles to find her daughter in a postapocalpytic world.
©2015 N. K. Jemisin (P)2015 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene." (Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon)
"[A] gripping series launch...as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure." ( Publishers Weekly on The Killing Moon)
"Lush and evocative." (Naomi Novik on The Inheritance trilogy)
"This is a book that readers won't be able to put down.... A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year." ( RT Book Reviews on The Inheritance trilogy)
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5 out of 5 stars
By MB on 01-17-18

Excellent

Narrator was excellent at bringing the story to life and the story itself was gripping, entertaining and completely unlike anything I've read before. I can't wait to start Book 2.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andreas on 01-02-18

Very interesting world

Good stuff all around.
Not sure what I feel about the fact that none of the main characters had a normal sexual orientation.
Mostly it just felt like the book desperately tried to be very current with all the fuss about genders and whatnot.
Anyway the book didn't put too much focus on it so I wasn't distracted by it.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By matt hall on 04-07-17

Well read, decent characters, plodding plot

This is an odd book. The author does a great job of world building and populates it with some compelling characters but managed to have them do very little other than wander around aimlessly. There's an occasional reveal, which all feel fairly arbitrary, and some slightly strange narrative choices which don't really work.

That said, it's certainly original and the narration is excellent.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Chris M on 11-10-16

Struggled.

Struggled to get into this one. For me, the narration by Robin Miles was quite stilted. The muddied accents she put on for some of the characters were very strange. The sci-fi aspects of the story were very compelling though.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By emmoff on 11-17-16

Fantastic world building

Loved this book, so unique with a stunning storyline. Jemisin is such a great writer, the Hugo Award was well deserved. One of the best books I have listened to. Narration excellent.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ms on 09-09-17

Great story but narrator's voice not always clear

I found narrator's voice unclear sometimes and needed to replay sections. Book was excellent though.

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