The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Fifth Season

Series Identifier: First book in the Broken Earth Trilogy

Format: Book


  • Fantasy

Conversation Topic:

  • Betrayal
  • Change
  • Consequences
  • Cultural representation
  • Death
  • Difficult emotions
  • Family
  • Fear
  • Feeling alone
  • Finding Oneself/Identity Development
  • Leadership
  • LGBT Issues
  • Love
  • Making new friends
  • Resilience
  • Strong female role models
  • Redemption
  • Sacrifice for others
  • Working with others

Relatable Experience:

  • Coming of age/Getting older
  • Death
  • Fear/Anxiety
  • Fighting
  • Loss (other than death)
  • Guilt
  • Moving
  • New Life Event (New Rules)
  • Trauma


  • Book has wonderful lgbtq+ representation (trans character, poly relationships, fluid sexuality, etc) without it being the main plot, it fits in seamlessly (same with race and racial differences).
  • Main character is what is called an orogene which are people who can control seismic activity and earth, and is an oppressed group.
  • Story follows her through a major seismic event, death of her son when her husband finds out he is also an orogene, as well as her past experiences.


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