The City We Became

The City We Became

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She's got six. When a young man crosses the bridge into New York City, something changes. He doesn't remember who he is, where he's from, or even his own name. But he can feel the pulse of the city, can see its history, can access its magic. And he's not the only one. All across the boroughs, strange things are happening. Something is threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316509848
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 25 cm


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STPL_JessH Apr 22, 2020

Well, this book is fabulous?!?! Robin Miles has absolutely OUTDONE herself with the audio narration. I am very grateful to Libro.FM for the Advanced Audio Reader Copy.

I loved so many details about this book: the concept, the plot, the richness of the characters, the humour, the details that allowed me to feel like I was watching a film throughout the book ... Mostly, I love the sheer authenticity of the diversity. Unlike other contemporary novels that attempt to showcase our world, Jemisin writes our world with all its people. That this is so refreshing is just frustrating to me.

I know that other readers have struggled with the multiple story lines and the feeling of bouncing all over the place. I think that is intentional. Jemisin mirrors the cacophony of cities in her chosen narrative style and I think it works. I appreciate that she grounds the multiverse in a reality that is recognizable to readers.

I laughed out loud numerous times and was thrilled by the Eddie Izzard moment! I am late to the N.K. Jemisin party but I am here to stay. Definitely recommend you read this book!

multcolib_alisonk Apr 21, 2020

In a story that feels oddly prescient of Corona virus time, New York City is under attack by a many-tentacled invader that spreads like a virus. Fighting for the home team are 5 not-so-super heroes, each of them the embodiment of one the boroughs. Can Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island join forces to protect their city?

RyanR_KCMO Apr 12, 2020

This book was a very fun. I recently finished The Broken Earth trilogy for the first time and found Jemisin’s writing to be just delightful. I made a point of buying a copy of this book as a thank you for the joy of reading the others from the library. The tone of this book is much different. Rather than the glacial-geological weight and power of the Broken Earth sentences, this read more flippantly, beautifully – if for different reasons. The characterizations were a delight and as someone who was lucky to live in New York for a while, it touched me in a special way. This is a modern-day Lovecraftian story written by someone you can feel good rooting for.

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