The Obelisk Gate

The second book in Jemisin’s Broken Earth series continues the story of Essun, now trying to survive and find her daughter during what may be the last season of the world. The first book’s long periods of travel are contrasted here when Essun settles, for a time, with a community of orogones—people, like herself, who can quell the earth when it shakes. Some of the most interesting parts of the series are the daily comings and goings of that community as it tries to hold itself together while the world burns. I couldn’t stop reading the first book, and this was no different.