Through the other books I’ve kind of written the review of this book, I guess. Obviously it’s 5 stars, obviously it’s great. Sticking the landing in a series like this is tough and Jemisin has not only done so but done so with grace, poignance, hope, and love.
I am in mild disbelief this book took me so long to finish, but I remember strongly that I kept sort of avoiding it towards the middle because I didn’t want it to be over. And indeed, I felt a real book coma when all was said and done. I cried a ton while reading the end of this book; it wasn’t a shocking end so much as it was just hard. Reading that this book was in part a way for Jemisin to work through losing her own mom made a ton of sense; it was raw and harsh and moving and inevitable and shocking and poetic all at once.
Plenty of people have talked about this book at length and with much more eloquence than I. It’s hard to sum up my feelings about it, I guess: it reignited a part of me that had totally given up on scifi (I don’t know that I would have picked up An Unkindness of Ghosts if I hadn’t read The Fifth Season earlier in the year.) Despite taking me nearly a month, it felt like it flew by. I can’t wait to reread it.