The Obelisk Gate – NK Jemisin – Broken Earth #2

Obelisk Gate

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5/5 Crystals

“I WANT TO KEEP TELLING THIS as I have: in your mind, in your voice, telling you what to think and know. Do you find this rude? It is, I admit. Selfish. When I speak as just myself, it’s difficult to feel like part of you. It is lonelier. Please; let me continue a bit longer.”

This book is the second in a trilogy.

  1. The Fifth Season – 5/5 Earthquakes
  2. The Obelisk Gate – 5/5 Crystals
  3. The Stone Sky – TBR, but I imagine it’s amazing.

What is it about?


This is the opening line to book 2 of the Broken Earth Trilogy. As far as opening lines go, I think this one is funny and catching, and will stand out to me for a long time. It also accurately says that there’s a lot going on and it’s difficult to explain. I tried to explain it to my husband, but that did not go well.

We know from book 1 that the world is ending, and book 2 is basically the continued struggle for survival. Keep in mind, though, that it’s a lot more interesting and complicated than that!

Was it good?

It was brilliant and beautiful, and I loved it. I especially loved that most of it was told in that 2nd person perspective. It’s like you awoke from a coma and someone is telling you what you did and felt. It is such a unique story telling technique and it makes me feel really immersed in the story. I loved it.


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