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N.K. Jemisin created an amazing world that immediately drew me in! I had read mostly sci fi from white authors before this, and I really appreciated the way her voice as a Black woman came through in this book. If you love science fiction, you’ll love this. If you love great writing, but haven’t found science fiction to be engaging, try this book!
A trigger warning though, that this is not a "Young Adult" book and the murder of a child by their parent is an important and heavy piece of the story, which might make it too difficult to read for some folks.
This is the way the world ends. . .for the last time.
It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. - Goodreads
At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. - The New York Times
[Check out the short video with the author below!]
Laura Hawkins, Math
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