“Time grows short, my love. Let’s end with the beginning of the world, shall we?”
A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I feel really awful about this but, unpopular opinion time, I was not super crazy about this series’ ending.
Don’t get me wrong, I love and appreciate this series as a whole for all the ideas and topics that it explored in a way that I have never seen discussed before. Prejudice and racism are by no means a new concept to be written about but this series as a whole tackled it in a way that is fresh and raw and tremendously heartbreaking. From the things a mother must do and her children are made to endure for the sake of safety to the systematic lessening of a particular group’s humanity for the sake of a status quo. I loved everything this series had to say even as it broke my heart. Repeatedly.
I just don’t think the storytelling of this final installment is on the same level that The Fifth Season was.
Now, the ending of the book was absolute perfection. It was a gorgeous ending that did wonderful justice to its characters as the story came full circle.
It was the rest of the story that I didn’t like so much.
Firstly, Essun’s chapters in this book. They suffered pretty much the same problem from the second book in the series. They were filled with long paragraphs of summarization and the story really just felt bloated. Almost nothing that happens in most of her story has any impact on the climax of this series. More than anything else, these chapters are a demonstration of how people in this world faced a Season, the end of their world and the choices that survivors must make. Which is great, that is a lot of what this story is about. But it just dragged on and on with the seemingly endless exposition.
The additional POV that we get in this book are flashback chapters that show how the Shattering happened thousands and thousands of years ago.
I wanted to love this story so much. And maybe I am just being a total idiot and missed something amazing but it just didn’t do it for me. The theme of oppression and denying humanity to some is a theme that carried over to this story in the same way it permeated everything else and while it wasn’t wrong about any of the statements made, it was basically the same thing said throughout the rest of the series so that philosophical side seemed redundant to me.
Like I said, the ending to Essun and Nassun’s story was beautiful and The Fifth Seaon was a breathtaking story. Unfortunately because of the slow pace and sometimes seemingly random events, I just could not be fully emotionally invested like I wanted to be.