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The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, 2) (edição 2016)

por N. K. Jemisin (Autor)

Séries: The Broken Earth (2)

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The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.… (mais)
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Título:The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, 2)
Autores:N. K. Jemisin (Autor)
Informação:Orbit (2016), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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I adore this series. It's terribly dark, beautifully cruel, but absolutely fantastic. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Book 2 in the Broken Earth trilogy. The first book's big reveal was that all three stories were about the same person at different times in her life, and now we follow the woman most recently named Essun as she navigates her new home in Castrima, joined by a dying Alabaster; he is trying to teach her to use the mysterious and ancient obelisks in a project to return the moon to its orbit around the planet after it was mistakenly ejected eons ago, causing the planet to essentially go to war with the population through its endless seismic activity. It's still a bit unclear to me, but it seems that the planet is itself sentient.

The story also follows Essun's daughter Nassun, taken to the Antarctic by her father, where she is found by none other than Schaffa, Essun's Guardian from the first book. We learn some more tantalizing facts about the Guardians in the course of this, as Nassun develops into an extremely powerful Orogene herself. She is also connected to the obelisks, and one wonders if we're headed for a mother-daughter showdown. Schafa's motives are still unclear, as he seems to have been compromised somehow by the planet.

Finally, the role of the Stoneaters in all this is becoming a bit more clear- Hoa is playing an important part, which becomes a bit more clear as the novel progresses.

Jemisin's writing is beautiful but opaque, and it can be difficult to understand what's happening. The discovering is a pleasure when successful, but sometimes I want to just understand better. The body count in this series is pretty staggering- basically the whole planet is becoming uninhabitable. Alabaster's destruction of the equatorial region would have killed millions of people, and both Essun and Nassun are killing machines as they gain power. The central apparent plot, therefore, doesn't fully make sense to me- Alabaster is destroying the world so that the rift he creates can be used to power the obelisks to recapture the moon and end the seasons, which sounds great except practically everyone on the planet will perish. But perhaps I don't understand something of the plot.

Anyway, I can't wait for book 3, next on my reading list. The world is fascinating- I've previously read Jemisin's Dreamblood and Inheritance series, and so this is the third separate world she has created- each wildly different and wildly inventive. ( )
  DanTarlin | Aug 28, 2021 |
“But if you stay, no part of this comm gets to decide that any other part of this comm is expendable. No voting on who gets to be people. This is a community. You will be unified. You will fight for each other. Or I will rusting kill every last one of you.”

I was very very excited to read this book after the amazing Fifth Season. I can’t say that I was disappointed with this but may be my expectations were too high. This is a proper middle book of a trilogy – not a lot of exciting things happen, we get quite a few answers which we were waiting for but also lead to more questions, and the ending is perfect to setup an explosive (hopefully) finale.

This book has two main POVs – Essun and Nassun. Essun has unexpectedly been reunited with Alabaster on his deathbed who reveals that he is the reason for the beginning of the new season. He also tells her that he wants to teach her how to use her orogeny and obelisks’ power to restore the Earth’s equilibrium and bring an end to the seasons forever. On the other hand, we get to know that Nassun left with her father voluntarily. They make their way to a comm in the Deep South where she meets other rogga children and guardians.

“The way of the world isn’t the strong devouring the weak, but the weak deceiving and poisoning and whispering in the ears of the strong until they become weak, too.”

Essun grows in power as we expect from her and also tries to become a normal member of the Castrima comm. Her transformation into a leader and protector is shown quite well. The surprise is Nassun who is getting equally powerful by day in the shadow of Schaffa but her intentions are not so pure. It’s easy to sympathize with her because she has been surrounded by people who hate her which has hardened her heart. She is a ten year old thrust into a centuries old war she doesn’t understand. Even though her choices seem wrong, I don’t think we can begrudge her given her circumstances. However, the best part of the book for me was whatever little was written about Hoa. His protective nature and love he shows towards Essun is very childlike and ancient at the same time and particularly endearing. I look forward to reading so much more about him.

On the whole, this is a good book with lots of information and answers provided and new characters explored. But there is something missing relative to the first one. However, it was a good read and makes me quite curious for The Stone Sky. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Continues the story of the first book, with the same major characters. I'm excited to hear how it all ends in the final book. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
Well that was a crazy book. In the [b:The Fifth Season|19161852|The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1)|N.K. Jemisin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1386803701l/19161852._SY75_.jpg|26115977], we spend pretty much the entire story in Essun's head, learning how the world of the Broken Earth works and watching the beginning of its end. In [b:The Obelisk Gate|26228034|The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)|N.K. Jemisin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1578523237l/26228034._SY75_.jpg|46213537], things have gotten far worse as the cataclysm really sets in--and yet there are rays of hope.

One of the most interesting bits to me was that rather than having three different points of view from the same woman's life, this time we're following multiple different characters in roughly the same timeline. We have Essun (etc) of course, but also a plotline with Schaffa the guardian (he's was already fascinating and terrible to being with), and the third following Essun's daughter Nassun as she comes into her powers and has to survive traveling with her father.

It's an interesting contrast to the first book and actually getting into other people's heads is something I appreciate.

Plotwise, The Obelisk Gate is actually somewhat weaker than The Fifth Season. While a relative lot of things end up happening through the book, in the end there was a major case of 'wait, that's it?' There are piles of (fascinating) world building , but other than that, everything is relatively self contained and mostly setting up the finale in [b:The Stone Sky|31817749|The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)|N.K. Jemisin|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1478547421l/31817749._SY75_.jpg|52472813]. It's very much a sequel/middle book and for that I'm very glad to see that it's already out this time around.

We know roughly what needs to happen (the MOON!), but it's still wonderfully fuzzy what the teams are and how that's actually going to come to be. I look forward to it!

Onward!

(Worth listening to. The audiobooks are rather well done.) ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

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