The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)

Ranked #8 in 2015, Ranked #12 in Hugo Awardsee more rankings.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long... more

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John Lilly @fredmcclimans First author to win 3 Hugos in a row. So: not bad! First book strongest imho, but all of it great. (Source)

Jacquelyn Gill @MaraWilson It’s such an amazing book. One of my all-time favorites—and the entire trilogy is that strong! (Source)

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