The Broken Earth trilogy (The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky)

I finished the final volume of the Broken Earth trilogy today, The Stone Sky. It is my favorite book of the three, not least because it feels more raw, complex, and has an incredible narrative crescendo culminating in one of the most dramatic fantasy scenes I have ever read.

I have to admit that I was skeptical initially - the three consecutive Hugo wins to the same author? But I am wrong. N.K. Jemisin is a fabulous storyteller and these are more than deserved.

While never overtly political, it is a story of allegory set in a world after climate change, touching on slavery, inequality, prejudice, revolution, redemption. The two female protagonists are mother and daughter, with all the complexities that entails. The plot is driven by a race to save the world and to uncover the mystery of the planet's ailments and its heritage of dead civilizations.

If you enjoy good fantasy/sci-fi and haven't heard of the books, they're worth your time. Or you can just wait for the TV show - TNT is making at least the first volume.