The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316229241
Branch Call Number: FIC Jemis
Characteristics: 445 pages : map ; 21 cm.


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PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 05, 2020

4.5 🌟

The Stone Sky begins with Essun and her daughter Nassun both aware of the moon's approach to its perigee. Each knows that she can use her power to grab the moon but each wants to do so for a different purpose. They each take different routes to reach the abandoned city of Corepoint on the opposite side of the world from the torn-apart continent on which they live. Interspersed with their travels, we are taken back to the distant past and memories of what life was like before The Shattering that led to the Fifth Seasons.

The Stone Sky, the third in The Broken Earth series, had the same pacing issue as The Obelisk Gate but possibly to a greater extent. This time I felt like the first 60% or so was very difficult reading. The pace was chopped up because the timeline kept changing along with the POV. And while the POV changed a couple of times in the second entry, suddenly we are getting even more characters. All of this backstory and buildup, I felt was the kind of thing that generally goes into the second book of a series, but Jemisin has written the series almost as a mystery, revealing bits along the way. Looking back I'm not even sure if I realized this was a future earth until The Obelisk Gate.

Where The Obelisk Gate dug deep into the scientific premises of adjustment to a world in turmoil, and deeper questions of love and attachment, I felt like The Stone Sky kept it much more surface level on individually experienced emotions, instead using the memories of a time before the Shattering to take a deep dive on "the Other," and how humans have used othering to justify -isms, slavery and torture. The narrator warns us, "... there are none so frightened, or so strange in their fear, as conquerors. They conjure phantoms endlessly, terrified that their victims will someday do back what was done to them—even if, in truth, their victims couldn’t care less about such pettiness and have moved on. Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky." And these are things that need to be said, but I think they could perhaps have been better placed in the middle book.

Then we get to the last 40%. That's when I couldn't put the book down, up, under the covers at 3AM reading until dawn. If the second book dealt with love and all the messed up ways humans try to show it, here Jemisin focuses on loss, how humans react to losing themselves, both literally and metaphorically; and how they react to losing others. The reason this is still nearly a five star book for me is this last section, where everyone really starts moving, we have all of the backstory, and Jemisin rips my heart out. I loved every second of it, ugly crying and all, because Jemisin uses her science-fiction to get at the deeper truths of our lives, leaving me thinking "Yes, yes, that's it exactly."

Apr 19, 2020

3rd book of trilogy

RyanR_KCMO Mar 11, 2020

There is a reason why Jemisin won the Hugo award three years in a row for the three books she wrote in this, the Broken Earth trilogy. The only other occasion that comes to mind where an author has delivered fantasy with such deft and beautiful language is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Jemisin’s lines are poetry, sentence after sentence hit you in the chest with their power. The concepts and emotions she communicates could only live to their fullest in this world that she has built. It is staggering. To create such a setting, such a people, such a tradition and then allow them to live to such a result.
This trilogy was pure magic (and a little orogeny).

Jan 24, 2020

3rd book in The Broken Earth Trilogy

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 05, 2020

The third and concluding volume of what I think is one of the very best fantasy-science fiction series ever written. Each of the volumes won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. The conclusion is exciting and satisfying, answering most of the questions we have had. The series is so intricate and surprising that there is no way to do much of a brief review without giving things away. If you like fantasy writing, this series should be Number One on your list to read.

In *The Stone Sky*, the orogene Essun and her daughter Nassun have determined they must use the obelisks to capture the moon although, under the influences of different people and different Stone Eaters, the purposes of the two women are very different. Essun and her companions are leading the people of Castrima to a place where they can better survive this terrible Fifth Season. Nassun and Schaffa are trying to get to the world’s center of power, where the obelisks can be controlled.

This is a fascinating combination of futuristic science fiction (with geology and astronomy as the “sciences”) with the magic and psychic powers of traditional epic fantasy. The characters have the deep flaws and wide variety of real people. It is a marvelously creative series.

May 10, 2019

Fantastic ending to the trilogy, but a word of warning to hard core science fiction fans: this final installment relies even more heavily than the first two on devices of pure fantasy and magic, the utter absurdity of which occasionally destroys any hope of suspension of disbelief (at least for anyone with a basic science education). Otherwise it’s a very engaging saga, with compelling characters, a rich backstory, plenty of moral and ethical issues to ponder, deep interpersonal conflicts to struggle with, and enough action to keep it all interesting. I just wish the author had put more effort into the believability aspects.

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The third book in a truly excellent series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 26, 2019

Such an amazing trilogy. Fantasy fans: start with The Fifth Season.

Dec 16, 2018

Yes, yes, yes. I would clearly rank Jemisin in the group with Tolkien, Lewis and Martin. Her storytelling is powerful and relatable. She has created a fantasy world, I can see and feel every entity in it, without being there. She never rushed the ending, like other authors. She cleared up all the questions and connected all the dots. The 1st book introduced and grabbed you, so you could begin Essun's journey, by being in her POV and her other characters POV. Only if needed. The 2nd book showed you how people dealt with pressure and stress with the coming of a killer season. And this last, 3rd book, revealed the heart of everyone and their plan to end what would have begun a new season. The perfect conclusion to a series. I took away as a theme being forgiveness and overcoming your past. Especially in regards of Nassun.

Sep 24, 2018

A must read for fans of fantasy or sci-fi. It’s so good!

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PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 05, 2020

...that does not mean Kelenli’s desire to be free is wrong. Or that something is impossible just because it is very, very hard.

PimaLib_ChristineR Oct 05, 2020

But there are none so frightened, or so strange in their fear, as conquerors. They conjure phantoms endlessly, terrified that their victims will someday do back what was done to them—even if, in truth, their victims couldn’t care less about such pettiness and have moved on. Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.

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haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

Violence: Child abuse (less prevalent than in earlier entries in series)


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