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The City We Became Reviews

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

The City We Became

N. K. Jemisin

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1 review

Category: Fantasy, Fiction
Imprint: Orbit
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780356512662

An astonishing new fantasy tale from the record-breaking, triple Hugo Award-winning author of The Fifth Season. Five New Yorkers must band together to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new series by New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin

4 stars out of 5
Adam Roberts
14 May 2020

"Running through all of The City We Became is Jemisin’s fizzing, vivid energy"

The problem is that buzz can build unrealistic expectations and lead thereby to anticlimax. Broken Earth is a work of extraordinary scope and grandeur, written with apocalyptic energy and verve, a story that moves mountains. In interviews Jemisin has described her new book as “my chance to have a little monstrous fun after the weight of the Broken Earth saga”, which is perhaps by way of dialling down expectations. And there is certainly fun to be had in The City We Became, though I suspect that native New Yorkers will have more fun than out-of-towners... Still, pedantry isn’t the right way to approach Jemisin. That she is not an especially decorous writer is a feature, not a bug: “AAAAaaaaAAAAaaaa (breath) aaaaAAAAaaaaaaaaa,” yells one character, to which a nearby New Yorker replies: “Shut your fucking mouth!” Running through all of The City We Became is Jemisin’s fizzing, vivid energy – we might add “urban” and “street” as descriptions too, acknowledging the ways these terms have become so racially, and often negatively, coded. Jemisin is well aware of this; her novel dramatises, and her chara