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The City We Became Tragically, not one thing about this novel is holding my attention You also have to be very open to social justice issues the issues I whole heartedly support in real life being bluntly jack hammered into the narrative, something that was never present in Jemisin s Broken Earth trilogy, where the author s political and social commentary was woven into a tremendously interesting fantasy story with nuance and measure Jemisin s ability to show rather than tell disappeared somewhere in the proce Tragically, not one thing about this novel is holding my attention You also have to be very open to social justice issues the issues I whole heartedly support in real life being bluntly jack hammered into the narrative, something that was never present in Jemisin s Broken Earth trilogy, where the author s political and social commentary was woven into a tremendously interesting fantasy story with nuance and measure Jemisin s ability to show rather than tell disappeared somewhere in the process of crafting this work Maybe it s the supposedly Lovecraftian or anti Lovecraftian influence that does nothing for me The audio is wonderfully produced though Without a doubt, one of the most brilliant books I have ever had the honor of reading A brilliant homage to New York City, packed with all its love and harshness, and so incredibly inventive that I felt my own imagination and the boundaries of what fantasy can be expand. Five New Yorkers Must Come Together In Order To Defend Their City In The First Book Of A Stunning New Series By Hugo Award Winning And NYT Bestselling Author N K Jemisin Every City Has A Soul Some Are As Ancient As Myths, And Others Are As New And Destructive As Children New York City She S Got FiveBut Every City Also Has A Dark Side A Roiling, Ancient Evil Stirs Beneath The Earth, Threatening To Destroy The City And Her Five Protectors Unless They Can Come Together And Stop It Once And For All I have hated this city I have loved this city I will fight for this city until it won t have me any This is my homage to the city Hope I got it rightN.K JemisinI always start a new book by a favorite writer with a bit of trepidation Please be good, please stand up to the earlier ones, please deliver that satisfaction that you tend to feel after reading something that is solidly strong writing With herBroken Earthbooks N.K Jemisin touched something in my soul that has neverI have hated this city I have loved this city I will fight for this city until it won t have me any This is my homage to the city Hope I got it rightN.K JemisinI always start a new book by a favorite writer with a bit of trepidation Please be good, please stand up to the earlier ones, please deliver that satisfaction that you tend to feel after reading something that is solidly strong writing With herBroken Earthbooks N.K Jemisin touched something in my soul that has never been the same since She raised her own bar so dizzyingly high that I was afraid she would not be able to get there again.Yeah, I didn t need to worry Her talent does not disappoint This book is lovely It s objectively good As different fromBroken Earthas you can only imagine the setting, the mood, the narrative voices but the gut punch is the same Obviously, this is an ode to New York One of the world s best known cities A country in its own right, size and spirit wise Unique enough to be its own living and breathing entity Which of course is what happens Because cities want to be born and liveManny s been in New York for less than an hour and yet he knows, he knows, that cities are organic, dynamic systems They are built to incorporate newness But some new things become part of a city, helping it grow and strengthen while some new things can tear it apartMany cities, once they reach a certain point, will try to be born Only a few will succeed It is New York s turn, and it s avatar has been selected, and S o Paulo is there to guide him through this but things go very wrong It s not just the city itself each of its boroughs has its own avatar, and at least one of them does not want to be a part of a greater whole And the sinister outside force is The Enemy, and it has the plans of its ownA city is never alone, not really and this city seems less solitary than most More like a family many parts, frequently squabbling but in the end, against enemies, they come together and protect one another They must, or dieJemisin s worldbuilding again is ridiculously impressive Her characters are complex, nuanced and realized, and incredibly human with all the good bad ugly that entailsMy God, why are you attacking us Because I don t know you, she snaps, and you were standing on my lawnThis also is an angry book It s an unapologetic fuck you to theracist sexist homophobic dipshitsthat are everywhere It s not subtle, no, but these things don t need to be Because of course people are the worst monsters, especially when they tend to think of themselves as nice ones who onlytry to be decent The alternative is to challenge her own belief that the Woman in White isn t so bad This would force her to question her own judgment and biases and find them wanting And given how hard she has fought lately to feel some kind of belief in herself, she is not ready to doubt again So it s fine Everything is fineI loved this book Jemisin is definitely an uncompromisingly brilliant voice in the modern science fiction 5 starsDiscovering that one s roommate is actively undergoing a break with reality is high on the scale of things one wants to learn before signing the leaseFound this since I wrote the review a podcast featuring N.K Jemisin discussing, among other things, racism in science fiction and the horrible legacy of H.P Lovecraft, whose bigotry, racism and antisemitism are truly repulsive No wonder he liked Hitler Givesof a perspective for this book and its answer to Lovecraft I want you to understand that you re not ready for this book Even if you ve read Jemisin s other work, even if you ve read The City Born Great, which is the starting place for this book.You re not ready for the fun and pop of it, the rhythm and beat You re not ready for the wit and weight of it, the subversions that are both subtext and said out loud You re not ready for the cleanness and cleverness of the prose, the daring of it, the way the whole t I want you to understand that you re not ready for this book Even if you ve read Jemisin s other work, even if you ve read The City Born Great, which is the starting place for this book.You re not ready for the fun and pop of it, the rhythm and beat You re not ready for the wit and weight of it, the subversions that are both subtext and said out loud You re not ready for the cleanness and cleverness of the prose, the daring of it, the way the whole thing functions simultaneously as a superheroes learning their powers origin story and a love song to city living and a gigantic middle finger to H.P Lovecraft.And honestly, none of it is written for me I m white and rural and southern I don t know jackshit about New York But this is a song so good so bright and bold and brave that anyone can dance to it Oh no I think this review will earn me so much glances, hater looks, curses and a unique place in the minority because when you get one of your favorite authors book into your hands, you get excited, hardly slow down your heart rate and want to devour it at few bites You truly expectand deservebecause you know what the author is capable of and how unique talent she is So this is first for me giving three stars to one of my most anticipated reads of the year Stop booing me or thr Oh no I think this review will earn me so much glances, hater looks, curses and a unique place in the minority because when you get one of your favorite authors book into your hands, you get excited, hardly slow down your heart rate and want to devour it at few bites You truly expectand deservebecause you know what the author is capable of and how unique talent she is So this is first for me giving three stars to one of my most anticipated reads of the year Stop booing me or throwing virtual rotten eggs and tomatoes on my face I didn t choose to feel like this Facts The plot is dazzling, thought provoking and extremely interesting, unique Every city has its own souls But sometimes souls want to differentiate them from their cores and search for their own freedom, self discovery for reaching their own identity And the author couldn t be so right to choose New York with multiple souls a city never sleeps, a city full of chaos, movement, changing, a mother of original ideas, a quite mosaic with its cultural, ethnical identities We are introduced 6 different souls and various characters but unfortunately they are not quite likable ones In my opinion I got confused a lot with whirlwind bombardment of inner thoughts of several POVS and unpredictable story direction I found it a little evasive and blurry, pacing through the chapters like moving in the dark till the first half It was really hard for me to catch the center of the story because there are so many ideas fly around and so many annoying characters action change the direction of progression But I have to admit second half wasgripping and ending was brilliant Normally I would like itif this is written by a debut author or any other sci fi author I haven t read her books before but N.K Jemisin is a trademark, a sign of perfectionism and it is so normal for me to expectbecause I know deep in my heart so she had endless writing skills.Unfortunately this was less likable book of hers But that s my opinion I m just in the minority and the way of story telling and characterization didn t work for me Maybe I dreamed to read it so long and I high leveled my expectations which turned me into tougher bitchy grader But this is what it is A wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse A big middle finger to Lovercraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts and humor A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times This book is all these things andThe story started a bit slow as our team assembles, but once our heroes are together or as together as they re gonna be , it was a blast sharp and insightful but also just fun There are definitely some creepy and disturbing moments, and A wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse A big middle finger to Lovercraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts and humor A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times This book is all these things andThe story started a bit slow as our team assembles, but once our heroes are together or as together as they re gonna be , it was a blast sharp and insightful but also just fun There are definitely some creepy and disturbing moments, and one scene between a mother and daughter that I did not expect that just about broke my heart Jemisin has moments of human tenderness and wonder tucked in this wild ride, too, so don t mistake fun for lightweight or fluff This book has a lot to say and it says it very well I tore through the last 100 pp in one sitting, laughing and cheering and loving every word It felt like driving down Second Avenue at full speed yelling at everyone to get the f out of my way And what former and current New Yorker has not wanted to do that A joy I sing the city When I first read The Fifth Season, it was like taking a cold shower almost like waking up, since I had no idea that you could actually write like that But N.K Jemisin doesn t play by the rules instead she creates her own, stomping all over both genres and everything binary to create something amazing that is purely hers I love it, and I love her That s why it broke my heart when I didn t find myself in love with The City We Became.All remarkable cities have souls, and aI sing the city When I first read The Fifth Season, it was like taking a cold shower almost like waking up, since I had no idea that you could actually write like that But N.K Jemisin doesn t play by the rules instead she creates her own, stomping all over both genres and everything binary to create something amazing that is purely hers I love it, and I love her That s why it broke my heart when I didn t find myself in love with The City We Became.All remarkable cities have souls, and are born As with every birth, problems can occur Like stillbirths, or otherwordly eldritch creatures attacking, trying to stop the birth from happening At first, it looks like New York will make it, but then everything goes wrong And it appears that the city that never sleeps doesn t only have one soul it has six I want to begin by saying that me giving this book a three star rating is me being generous because I can t stand to rate a book by Jemisin lower than that I often rate based on my reading experience, and reading The City We Became wasn t enjoyable for me I had to push through it, always hoping that it would turn around and slap me in the face with awesomeness But even if the ending was better than the beginning, it was never what I had hoped for First of all, the beginning was messy We have no idea what is going on, as there s a lot of different POV s and too many plots There was so much time in this book spent straying from what was actually important and going on, especially in the beginning, that time felt wasted as it left me feeling disconnected There is so much potential here, but strangely enough I really feel like Jemisin didn t do enough with it I didn t even get properly attached to any of the characters They were all complex, and honestly quite expertly written, but I never felt like there was any proper time to connect to them as we spent so much of the pages being thrown this way and that The one I surprisingly, and disturbingly, enough felt the most for was Staten Island a white, xenophobic young woman that Jemisin somehow made me feel sorry for She was horrible and terrifying, but also lost and terrified Among all the characters, it was her and the curious Manhattan that stood out the most to me If there is anything I am looking forward to, it s seeing what will happen to those two.Apart from the characters, another big aspect of this book is how diverse and progressive it is obviously, as it s not only Jemisin, but also New York And even though I of course loved this, I did feel that it often took too much space To be clear, it wasn t that it was too much of it, just that it wasn t weaved enough into the plot and storyline, and instead felt like it existed outside of that Let me just compare this to the Broken Earth Trilogy, to try to make my point clearer that one is as diverse and feminist, if not , but there it felt seamless It and the plot were one Here, it felt almost forced.Now, I do have to add that I probably would have enjoyed this bookif it wasn t N.K Jemisin that had written it Yes, I know I m not making sense But my expectations were just so high, they had gone into another dimension I take all blame for not loving this, as I know Jemisin can do no wrong The fault lies in me.That s why I ll be reading the sequel, even though The City We Became put me into a reading slump, because it s entirely my fault I m the bad reader But I will continue to admire and love N.K Jemisin to the end of my days, so at least I ll not burn in hell Holy shit, this book was so weird, and so good. find this review others on my blog New York might be born in the world only to be shown right out of it.Early in The City We Became , New York s human avatar, a young queer Black man living in the streets, tries to salvage the City, to hold the breaking jar, keep his fingers over the cracks, but a battle with the Enemy who sent forth the police as its harbingers had worn him to littlethan edges He is weak and unsteady as moonlight on water, and the City was a candle that might b find this review others on my blog New York might be born in the world only to be shown right out of it.Early in The City We Became , New York s human avatar, a young queer Black man living in the streets, tries to salvage the City, to hold the breaking jar, keep his fingers over the cracks, but a battle with the Enemy who sent forth the police as its harbingers had worn him to littlethan edges He is weak and unsteady as moonlight on water, and the City was a candle that might burn out if he waited too long Luckily, the City has scattered itself like breadcrumbs, dusted across its boroughs, and all five of them are stirring from stillness, tugging insistently on some rope drawn tight inside their avatars who must find each other, follow the paths that they see in their minds, a line that runs through New York, zig zagging, curving, coiling and it leads to him The primary avatar is a shrinking beacon, a lighthouse viewed too far from port, and they drift toward him, like a magnet drawn to its inevitable polarity.They must awake him They must save the City before the Enemy sets its jaws upon it.New York must go on, it must survive no matter the costCome, then, City That Never Sleeps Let me show you what lurks in the empty spaces where nightmares dare not treadI found my way to Jemisin s Fifth Season a couple years ago, and pleasurably devoured it It was a complex, intricate mechanism of a book, an ingeniously imagined sprawl set in a world that periodically undergoes violent, life threatening apocalypses In The City We Became , Jemisin picks a far less fantastic setting for her novel New York, but what she does with it is no less ambitious This time Jemisin projects the elusive identity of the New Yorker into a brighter, crueler dimension, a place where our evils are not changed but illuminated, and she does so by taking so many of our contemporary problems to horrifying extremes.Places are never just places in a piece of writing they are as essential a character as any of the people populating a story Jemisin has lived in New York for many years, and she brings that authority to bear on the novel This is my homage to the city, she writes, and with it she her personal passion for the city, and the energy with which she writes about it is infectious.The characters in The City We Became are so intrinsically identified with the city that it s impossible to understand them without the author s detailed, precise evocation of New York Jemisin has assembled an intricate mosaic of family, history, friendship, and the way cities can both shield and dehumanize There s Bronca, the Lenape director of the Bronx Art Center whose tendency to mistrust is a reflex, like drawing your knife when your rival s hand twitches Brooklyn is a once famous rap star turned city councilwoman Padmini is an immigrant Tamil mathematician who s there on a visa Manny is a multiracial grad student trying to fill in the gaps where memories of his complicated past should be And Ainslyn is the sheltered Irish American daughter of an abusive cop, and she wants nothing to do with any of them But New York has tipped like the deck of a ship, pitching them all in the same direction, and the primary avatar still unconscious somewhere in the heart of the city is summoning them with a force one might only call kinship The city cannot wage war against itself without irreversible consequences, and coming together in solidarity is its only hopeThis city will eat you alive, you know, if you let it Don tThere s a lot to enjoy in this novel, but I found, however, that The City We Became lacks the tautness of the author s previous fiction, bogged down with snail paced developments, lengthy speeches about humanity, politics and culture, and excessive stretches of character interactions which often go around and around until it feels like they are actors in a play going through the same performance page after page, their lines hollow, their actions choreographed.What the novel mostly fails to do is give enough of a reason to care about its plot, which struggles for a mouthful of air, like a fish in an empty bowl Too much prose hurts the novel s momentum, and as a result and despite the heavy handed countdown at the heart of the story any urgency it might have had is mostly drained away That said, Jemisin s blend of humor and poignancy carries the novel, or at least alleviates the tedium, on several occasions Jemisin s wit is razor sharp, and she excels her ambitions to manifest her politics seamlessly through the story Her acute observations about how the personal and political intricately enmesh in all our lives resonate deeply in light of today s political climate Jemisin also makes several statements about the abuses of racism, xenophobia and gentrification through symbolism that s as subtle as a neon mousetrap in The City We Became , that violence is a conduit used, with horrible relish, by the disembodied existential evil that seeks to devour the City of New York, and as the story powers forward, the metaphor is sharpened even.Despite the aforementioned quibbles, the total isthan the sum of its parts, and I am looking forward to reading the sequel ko fi blog twitter tumblr

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