Today's staff pick is The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. Here's why Nessa loves (love love loves) it:
"The first book in a series is a promise and a sales pitch: This is where we are and what we’re about, and what you can expect if you stick with it. I’ve read a lot of Book Ones, and too often, that’s where I stop. That is not the case for The Fifth Season. It’s the best sort of Book One, the kind that hits you like a runaway train and leaves you a splatter of grease in the rails, eagerly awaiting the next. Jemisin’s writing is lush and visceral, equal parts brutal and beautiful, and every character shines and crumbles in turn. Her mythology is some of the strongest and freshest in modern fantasy, and the world she built here genuinely feels angry and alive. There’s a reason every single entry in this trilogy won a Hugo award, making Jemisin the first person in history to win three consecutive years for three consecutive books: She’s just that good."