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.
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 brigh 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 and The 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 fel 2 15 20 so close to the release date now Can t wait 10 16 19 why is the release date still so far away 9 8 19 Cover has been revealed Am I in love with it Nah Will I still read the fuck out of this Yup Side note I have been posting updates about this for an entire year If you can t tell, Jemisin is my fave 7 13 19 The release date has been pushed back to 2020 2 18 19 WE HAVE TITLE I have a feeling she might explore genius loci agian She wrote a short story about it and her Broken Earth trilogy also featured it I think this might be another of her full length explorations of the concept but set in the modern world 1 5 19 why does the release date have to be so far away 9 5 18 I CAN NOT WAIT Jemisin is so skilled when it comes to creating anti heroes, discussing those hard topics, creating unique worlds and intriguing magic systems Å The City We Became ☆ I haven t been this excited about a book in a very long time.
releases 26 Mar 2020 okay so I love creepy city aesthetics, and this book is about a city with an actual living soul which sounds so so amazing I m here for this 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 ↠´ The City We Became  Download by ↠´ N.
Jemisin Come Together And Stop It Once And For All A city that becomes itself A story that s a dash of Do the Right Thing and splash of Yarrow or Mulengro or All the Birds in the Sky A love story to a city that s also a team up, a call to arms, and a statement of joy There s a dash maybe a dash too much I m not sure yet of Providence, Rhode Island, but it doesn t overwhelm A solid book and one that left me interested in seeing what happens in Paris and wondering if Los Angeles is next 3.
5 stars.
The Broken Earth trilogy turned into one of my favourite series ever so it was with a little trepidation that I entered New York City here to see what this author had come up with next I thought I was somewhat prepared given that I d read the short story The City Born Great which I would recommend doing, you can find it in the, How Long til Black Future Month collection and you ll get a plethora of other wonderful tales to boot but it turns out that was just the tip of the iceberg and The City We Became offers up a sprawling, lively, diverse metropolis that lives and breathes on the page, represented by it s five awakening protectors.
This story is wildly imaginative but also very down to earth in a lot of ways The cast of characters embraces all of humanity in one form or another and this is also a hugel One of the authors of the Forward Short Story collection I look forward to reading from Excited

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