A couple of weeks ago, every time I checked my twitter feed, I saw another announcement about Science Fiction Fantasy author N.K. Jemisin. Not only did the second book in her trilogy The Obelisk Gate win a Hugo Award for Best Novel, but The Fifth Season was picked up by TNT to be developed into a new TV show and her newest work The Stone Sky just hit the NY Times Best Seller list. N.K. Jemisin just.keeps.winning.
This is the second year in a row that Jemisin has won a Hugo Award. In 2016, After several years of tumultuous Hugo Awards controversy, Jemisin became the first black person in the history of the awards to win for Best Novel for her critically acclaimed work The Fifth Season.
The story is a part of her Broken Earth trilogy about a magical world called the Stillness, which unlike it’s moniker, suffers from constantly shifting atmospheres and earthquakes. In this environment, plants and animals have transient characteristics in order to survive. Each atmospheric event, seismic, geothermic, etc. is called a Season. Within this landscape a woman must navigate the harsh environment while coming to grips with the sudden murder of her son and the kidnapping of her daughter at the hands of her husband. On her journey she finds a group of gifted individuals who can adapt and change the environment around them at will, a caste system that fears them and a power that she discovers which not only changes her life but perhaps might end the turmoil of the Seasons for good.
In the last 5 years Jemisin has won several awards including Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Best Fantasy Novel 2010 for The Broken Kingdoms. The Sense of Gender Award in 2011 for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Best Fantasy Novel 2012 for The Shadowed Sun and a Best First Novel Locus Award, in 2011 for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
The Stone Sky is the final book in the trilogy and launched August 15 and Jemisin was here in New York at the Housing Works Bookstore for the book’s launch. Congrats to N.K. Jemisin for her work and her accolades! Definitely add these books to your reading list!