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Side A roiling ancient evil stirs beneath the earth threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for al 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 HP LovecraftAnd 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 bright and bold and brave that anyone can dance to it

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Isin 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 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

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Five 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 Jem find this review others on my blog New York might be born in the world only to be shown right out of itEarly in The City We Became New York s human avatar a young ueer Black man living in the streets tries to salvage the City to hold the breaking jar keep his fingers over the cracks but a battle with the Enemy who sent forth the police as its harbingers had worn him to little than edges He is weak and unsteady as moonlight on water and the City was a candle that might burn out if he waited too long Luckily the City has scattered itself like breadcrumbs dusted across its boroughs and all five of them are stirring from stillness tugging insistently on some rope drawn tight inside their avatars who must find each other follow the paths that they see in their minds a line that runs through New York zig zagging curving coiling and it leads to him The primary avatar is a shrinking beacon a lighthouse viewed too far from port and they drift toward him like a magnet drawn to its inevitable polarityThey must awake him They must save the City before the Enemy sets its jaws upon itNew York must go on it must survive no matter the cost Come then City That Never Sleeps Let me show you what lurks in the empty spaces where nightmares dare not tread I found my way to Jemisin s Fifth Season a couple years ago and pleasurably devoured it It was a complex intricate mechanism of a book an ingeniously imagined sprawl set in a world that periodically undergoes violent life threatening apocalypses In The City We Became Jemisin picks a far less fantastic setting for her novel New York but what she does with it is no less ambitious This time Jemisin projects the elusive identity of the New Yorker into a brighter crueler dimension a place where our evils are not changed but illuminated and she does so by taking so many of our contemporary problems to horrifying extremesPlaces are never just places in a piece of writing they are as essential a character as any of the people populating a story Jemisin has lived in New York for many years and she brings that authority to bear on the novel This is my homage to the city she writes and with it she her personal passion for the city and the energy with which she writes about it is infectiousThe characters in The City We Became are so intrinsically identified with the city that it s impossible to understand them without the author s detailed precise evocation of New York Jemisin has assembled an intricate mosaic of family history friendship and the way cities can both shield and dehumanize There s Bronca the Lenape director of the Bronx Art Center whose tendency to mistrust is a reflex like drawing your knife when your rival s hand twitches Brooklyn is a once famous rap star turned city councilwoman Padmini is an immigrant Tamil mathematician who s there on a visa Manny is a multiracial grad student trying to fill in the gaps where memories of his complicated past should be And Ainslyn is the sheltered Irish American daughter of an abusive cop and she wants nothing to do with any of them But New York has tipped like the deck of a ship pitching them all in the same direction and the primary avatar still unconscious somewhere in the heart of the city is summoning them with a force one might only call kinship The city cannot wage war against itself without irreversible conseuences and coming together in solidarity is its only hope This city will eat you alive you know if you let it Don t There s a lot to enjoy in this novel but I found however that The City We Became lacks the tautness of the author s previous fiction bogged down with snail paced developments lengthy speeches about humanity politics and culture and excessive stretches of character interactions which often go around and around until it feels like they are actors in a play going through the same performance page after page their lines hollow their actions choreographedWhat the novel mostly fails to do is give enough of a reason to care about its plot which struggles for a mouthful of air like a fish in an empty bowl Too much prose hurts the novel s momentum and as a result and despite the heavy handed countdown at the heart of the story any urgency it might have had is mostly drained away That said Jemisin s blend of humor and poignancy carries the novel or at least alleviates the tedium on several occasions Jemisin s wit is razor sharp and she excels her ambitions to manifest her politics seamlessly through the story Her acute observations about how the personal and political intricately enmesh in all our lives resonate deeply in light of today s political climate Jemisin also makes several statements about the abuses of racism xenophobia and gentrification through symbolism that s as subtle as a neon mousetrap in The City We Became that violence is a conduit used with horrible relish by the disembodied existential evil that seeks to devour the City of New York and as the story powers forward the metaphor is sharpened even Despite the aforementioned uibbles the total is than the sum of its parts and I am looking forward to reading the seuel ko fi blog twitter tumblr

  • Hardcover
  • 437
  • The City We Became
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • English
  • 18 May 2019
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About the Author: N.K. Jemisin

N K Jemisin lives and works in New York City



10 thoughts on “The City We Became

  1. says:

    literally amazing

  2. says:

    Holy shit this book was so weird and so good

  3. says:

    ✧ find this review others on my blog ✧New York might be born in the world only to be shown right out of itEarly in “The City We Became” New York’s human avatar a young ueer Black man living in the streets tries

  4. says:

    “I have hated this city I have loved this city I will fight for this city until it won’t have me any This is my homage to the city

  5. says:

    Oh no I think this review will earn me so much glances hater looks curses and a uniue place in the minority because when you get one of your favorite authors’ book into your hands you get excited hardly slow down your heart rate a

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 w

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    Nope On to the next Don’t ask me Sometimes I love her books and sometimes I don’t 🤔🤨Mel 🖤🐶🐺

  10. says:

    I sing the cityWhen I first read The Fifth Season it was like taking a cold shower almost like waking up since I had no idea that you could actually write like that But NK Jemisin doesn't play by the rules; instead she creates her own stomping all over both genres and everything binary to create something amazing that is

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