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The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 (Broken Earth Trilogy) (English Edition) di [Jemisin, N. K.]
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Beyond the meticulous pacing, the thorough character work, and the staggering ambition and revelations of the narration, Jemisin is telling a story of our present, our failures, our actions in the face of repeated trauma, our responses to the heat and pressure of our times. Her accomplishment in this series is tremendous. It pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be."―NPR on The Obelisk Gate

"Jemisin builds off of the strong foundation laid in The Fifth Season ... an interesting new series."
Booklist on The Obelisk Gate

"Exceptional."―Library Journal (starred review) on The Obelisk Gate

"Stunning, again."―Kirkus (starred review) on The Obelisk Gate

"[How] can something as large and complex as this story exist in her head, and how does she manage to tell it to me so beautifully? I can't stand how much I love The Broken Earth trilogy so far.... Absolutely dazzling."―B&N Reviews on The Obelisk Gate

"Stunning.... Jemisin's most accomplished series yet."―RT Book Reviews on The Obelisk Gate

"Jemisin is a tremendously talented writer on every level and she's at the top of her game here. I love books that beat me up and take my lunch money, and this one left me bruised, breathless, and desperate for the final volume."―Rose Fox, senior reviews editor Publishers Weekly, (PW Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read in 2016) on The Obelisk Gate

"Brilliant characters, vivid world, and pacing . . . .The Obelisk Gate is an incredibly ambitious and important novel."―The Verge on The Obelisk Gate

"Intricate and extraordinary."―New York Times on The Fifth Season

"[The Fifth Season is] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end ... Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy."―Guardian on The Fifth Season

"Astounding... Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come."―NPR Books on The Fifth Season

"Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world."―Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Fifth Season

"A must-buy...breaks uncharted ground."―Library Journal (starred review) on The Fifth Season

"Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now.... [She] is a master at what she does."―RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on The Fifth Season

"[A] powerful, epic novel of discovery, pain, and heartbreak."―SFF World on The Fifth Season

"This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!"―Martha Wells on The Fifth Season

"Stunning and well constructed ... a book that imbues itself with deeper meaning the more it unfolds and reveals itself, and by the end, I saw everything in a new light. I knew Jemisin was talented, being a huge fan of her Inheritance and Dreamblood books, but here she employs heretofore unseen skills."―Lightspeed on The Fifth Season

"One of the most celebrated new voices in epic fantasy."―

"With every new work, Jemisin's ability to build worlds and break hearts only grows."―Kirkus (starred review)

"Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, The Fifth Season is a tour-de-force. I felt every shock--and the book is packed with them--in my marrow. It's no exaggeration to say that Jemisin expands the range of what great fantasy can be."―Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades

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The second novel in an acclaimed new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award-nominated author N.K. Jemisin

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5.0 su 5 stelle An amazing sequel to The Fifth Season. 18 agosto 2016
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If you've read the Fifth Season, you have been waiting on pins and needles for this sequel. If you haven't read The Fifth Season, go do that NOW. Don't worry, we'll wait.

The Obelisk Gate further develops the world we began to see int he first book. We learn more about the Fulcrum, the Guardians, the obelisks--and even more importantly--about the lives and motivations of characters we have come to love/hate/fear. Essun, as a woman in her mid forties is not your average protagonist. But she is someone who feels a million times more human and relatable than the cardboard cut out perfect princesses of urban fantasy. She is both powerful and humble, kind and cruel, she makes mistakes and has victories. She is in short, a person. And you can feel her blood, sweat and fears throughout the novel.

We finally get to meet Nassun, and understand what is like to be the daughter of such a strong and damaged woman like Essun. We learn more about Hoa. And the dark adversary that Alabaster fights is finally revealed.

This is not a novel that suffers from Second Book Syndrome. So much happens and yet nothing feels rushed. Another brilliant entry into an epic and unforgettable series.

What the hell am I supposed to do with myself until the next book is released?
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5.0 su 5 stelle Just as complex as The Fifth Season while expanding on its world and characters 30 agosto 2016
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The sequel to the Hugo Award winning The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin's The Obelisk Gate returns to the Stillness as the aftermath of its latest natural disaster takes hold. Essun, the earth-manipulating orogene from TFS, has chosen to stay in the settlement of Castrima to help them with (for lack of a better word) "doomsday preparations" and to train with her former mentor Alabaster Tenring. What is Alabaster's mission for her? A staggering feat that, if successful, could seal the fate of their world. Meanwhile, Essun's 10-year-old daughter Nassun, who was kidnapped in TFS, journeys with her volatile father to a community rumored to "cleanse" orogenes of their powers. Yet Nassun's gifts rapidly mature, and she learns to use them in unimaginable ways - with consequences that could weigh just as heavy as those from her mother's task.

I'm sure that summary will confuse people who haven't read this series yet. But it's difficult to say more without revealing too much of The Obelisk Gate's incredible world-building and the story itself. We learn much more about the Stillness, especially the obelisks and the stone eaters. Questions that were posed during TFS are answered, and more mysteries arise. There were also moments when I ached for Essun, Nassun, Alabaster, and Essun's stone-eater friend Hoa. (That Hoa scene in particular nearly made me cry.) All the emotional investment and immersion made The Obelisk Gate impossible to put down - and when I was forced to put it down, I couldn't stop thinking about it.

Normally I'd use this space for criticisms... But I have none. Sure, The Obelisk Gate is intricate in its plotting and unorthodox in structure (e.g., Jemisin still uses second-person narration for Essun's chapters). But after reading TFS and other novels by Jemisin over the past year, I've learned she has reasons for her unconventional choices - and those reasons always reveal themselves in time. So I sat back, absorbed each chapter's events and the characters' choices, and let my speculations percolate. And based on The Obelisk Gate's climax... Oh my word. The Broken Earth is shaping up to be an outstanding trilogy, and I'm so nervous-yet-scared-to-death for its finale next year. Fantasy readers who haven't started this series need to get on it - but make sure you start with The Fifth Season, because The Obelisk Gate won't make sense otherwise.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Read it. 23 febbraio 2017
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There’s a reason NK Jemisin won the 2016 Hugo for the first book in this series, The Fifth Season. A lot of reasons, actually. And they just get better in The Obelisk Gate.

Take the magic. A looked-down on (rather than the fantasy-trope of revered) class of gifted people can control the forces of the earth, drawing up heat and causing earthquakes in a setting already known for cataclysmic earthquakes every few thousand years. In The Obelisk Gate, Jemisin takes that magic deeper (boldly naming it ‘magic,’ a word fantasy authors have shied away from lately), and adds another layer onto it, building to some epic moments later in the book.

Take the characters. Jemisin’s background as a psychotherapist shines here. I don’t think I’ve read deeper, more complex, more real and loveable-while-hateable-or-vice-versa characters anywhere in fantasy. They are truly top-notch, and in The Obelisk Gate she pushes her characters deeper in quasi-redeeming the villains of the first book, while making her twin protagonists do some pretty terrible things in the name of what they believe in—and they are all written with such attention to the finer points of the human spirit that you walk away feeling more like you’ve read Dostoevsky than Heinlein.

Okay, not to sing only praises: this feels like a middle book. Which is to say, the plot is as much a recovery from book one and a build to book three as it is a story unto itself. Not to say it isn’t wonderful and engrossing, but it is those things kind of like The Two Towers is: wonderful and engrossing with a stress on middles rather than the tight beginning-middle-end we love from well-told tales.

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People say N.K. Jemisin is on the literary end of speculative fiction, but despite unabashedly using second-person for much of the tale, it never comes off as experimentally opaque or different for the sake of being different. The story sucks you in, the plot moves, the magic’s cool—it really just feels like she added a literary depth of character and experimentation with prose to all the things we fantasy readers love about our genre. Not many authors can do that, but Jemisin nails it. At 120,000 words it’s a decent-length book, but I’m not sure it took me two nights to finish (though they were late nights).

Enough praises. This is well worth a read, for pretty much anyone except a Sad Puppy—and it would probably do them some good too. No wonder it’s nominated for a Nebula Award this year. I usually end with some kind of “for fans of this,” or “if you like that” kind of reading recommendation, but no need in this case. Read it.
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5.0 su 5 stelle No curse of the weak middle book here... 19 marzo 2017
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Minor spoiler ahead (backstory, not character). There is a realness to the world Jemisin creates, and it's a sad realness because the crisis of Earth-versus-mankind isn't really fiction anymore. We are bringing about our own Season, little by little. We are introduced early on in the book that what caused the Seasons is the loss of the moon. It's not too hard to draw parallels between the restoration of the Moon and the restoration of the Feminine to the world as the means of salvation. Nor is it unrealistic to see that a heavily female driven cast of characters as being part of what restores that balance. The Broken Earth trilogy has so far touched on the many flavors of Outcast (pick your reason -- race, sex, an inborn ability you can't change that you must choose between hiding to fit in or embracing to be real). The trilogy also speaks to how we are the engineers of our own destruction and that the things that can save us are the things the status quo fears most. The author uses several narrative points-of-view without it feeling choppy -- very similar to the shift between on obelisk and another but all part of the whole. Good thing the third book is slated for an August release. That's almost instant gratification in the book world. Still worth the read, worth the wait.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Epic Storytelling! 2 settembre 2016
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Once in a great long while a story transcends narrative form and structure, tropes and popular trends, and breaks new ground -- and does so with style. This is one of those times. I'd like to compare the worldbuilding and deeply complex backstory to The Lord of the Rings, but I can't because we are all 100 years beyond Tolkien and those 100 years make a difference. I'd like to compare the overlay between fantasy and science fiction found in this book to Wolfe's The Urth of the New Sun saga, but I can't because Wolfe's storytelling was detached and Jemisin brings a morality, a righteous anger, to her narrative. To be clear: after two volumes I'm pretty sure this trilogy is going to be talked about in comparison to those works, and others. It's that good.

I spent most of Volume I trying to understand the cast of characters and how their stories interacted with each other. In Volume 2 their stories continue and Jemisin introduces new characters and continues to surprise the reader with new insights into characters we thought we'd already figured out. The scope of the story is starting to become clear ... and the scope is huge. The stage is far bigger than we first thought and we are still not exactly sure who's on which side ... though the sides are becoming more clear.

I did not find these two books to be easy reads. I spent a lot of time moving back and forth, re-reading paragraphs and chapters as I learned new insights. It is not an easy read; but it's a very very rewarding one.
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