SF/F Review: The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by NK Jemisin. https://t.co/3ktjVpIw7a Short Review: 10 out of 10 - A Tour de Force (1/4)— garik16 (@garik16) August 20, 2017
Short Review (cont): The finale to The Broken Earth trilogy finds Essun & Nassun on a collision course as the trauma of repeated abuse (2/4)— garik16 (@garik16) August 20, 2017
The first two books in the Broken Earth trilogy have won the last two Hugo Awards, and deservedly so. With The Stone Sky, NK Jemisin stands a strong chance at being the first ever back to back to back winner for Best Novel, as this book is clearly the strongest of the trilogy....and maybe Jemisin's best Novel ever.Short Review (cont): & discrimination drives each to opposite conclusions on how to change/destroy the world. Devastating & Powerful (3/4)— garik16 (@garik16) August 20, 2017
Unlike my other favorite work of Jemisin - the Inheritance Trilogy - this trilogy does not end on a triumphant note. This is a story of a people - even a whole world - oppressed and abused for no reason other than fear, jealousy and cruelty. There is no way such a story could end triumphantly. But despite this, the story ends Perfectly, on what is essentially a hopeful note, one that wraps up everything really really nicely.
Of course, as one should expect from this series already, the steps between this book and really this whole trilogy's beginning and ending are filled with heartbreaking powerful moments. This trilogy has not been one for the faint of heart, who can't stand to see good people, even children, face tremendous suffering and abuse. Good writing - and Jemisin is my favorite writer at this point for a reason - makes these things hard to read. But the power of this story could not be done in any other way, and it is all worth it in the end.
More after the Jump (Spoilers for The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate are unavoidable).