The City We Became

This latest tome from N. K. Jemisin tells the story of New York—specifically, of the six people who must become the city of New York in order to save themselves and their city from destruction. It’s a love letter to the city that never sleeps, a diatribe against gentrification, and a delightful sendup of Lovecraft all at once. There are all the hallmarks of a good Jemisin book here—smart, snappy, resilient characters; friendships and enemies and lust; monsters and battles and impossible goings-on; and people becoming more than they are. But this is the first time she’s set her magic upon the real world, and there’s a looseness and cool to the writing that feels—well, very New York. (If you're from Staten Island and just felt a chill up your spine, this book is why.)