The Stone Sky

(Broken Earth #3)

Paperback, 464 pages

Published Aug. 14, 2017 by Orbit.

ISBN:
9780316229241

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5 stars (24 reviews)

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

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Review of 'The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Great conclusion to a very well done trilogy. There's a bit of a rush and inconsistent planning to explain some of back story elements, but in the end it falls together nicely. Jemison's afterword brings some clarity to some of her character development, and is worth the few minutes it takes read. I'm definitely rooting for this to take a Hugo as well, and have added Jemison to my short list of authors who's books I buy automatically.

Review of 'The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

And thus it is over, the best trilogy I have read this year, or possibly in years.

The Stone Sky seamlessly continues the story from The Obelisk Gate, without much of a time-jump. The survivors of Castrima move north, towards the equator, with Essun who feels torn between saving the comm, finding her daughter Nassun, and doing that last favor for Alabaster, to return the moon and end the Seasons. Inevitably, it comes to a grand finale in Corepoint where mother and daughter finally meet again, and the fate of the world lies in their hands.

The Broken Earth is a thought-provoking series. Especially in this last book it comes to a head that there's always been systemic oppression in human history. In this fictional version of our far-future planet, we meet multiple groups who are oppressed and used by the powers-that-be, hated and controlled. "But for a society built …

Review of 'The Stone Sky' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I loved The Fifth Season. It is different; plays with a second person point of view and makes it work; the writing is poetic and enthralling, and the world building is some of the best I've ever seen.

This is the conclusion, and I must admit I liked the journey more than the destination. The world building and writing remain wonderful to the last word. There's strong female characters throughout this book. They feel natural and well developed. Jemisin talks about segregation and racism in a profound way.

I think this is an important trilogy and deserves to be read by all fantasy fans. I can't comment on plot more without spoiling, but I just wasn't a fan of the way it ended.

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