Five New Yorkers Must Come Together In Order To Defend Their City In The First Book Of A Stunning New Series By Hugo Award Winning And NYT Bestselling Author N K JemisinEvery City Has A Soul Some Are As Ancient As Myths, And Others Are As New And Destructive As Children New York City She S Got FiveBut Every City Also Has A Dark Side A Roiling, Ancient Evil Stirs Beneath The Earth, Threatening To Destroy The City And Her Five Protectors Unless They Can Come Together And Stop It Once And For All The City We Became is N.K Jemisin s newest fantasy, coming out in March 2020 Based on a short story called The City Born Great, previously published in her incredible How Long til Black Future Month , the novel features the moment that New York City comes alive but disrupted by a mysterious threat, is split into its five boroughs personified, avatars of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, who must unite if they want to save the city and, indeed, the world from the woman in white and her terrifying minions.Jemisin s books are always written superbly and go by with speed This novel is a superhero origin story of sorts, dominated by its characters discovering their powers, finding each other, and unraveling the motivations and goals of the supervillain, as the woman in white works in the background to defeat them More than anything, this novel is a love letter to New York City in all its complexity, diversity, and drive, and meditation on what makes up the heart and core of a city The woman in white s actors are sexist creeps, alt right artists, gentrifiers they hope to take over a city that doesn t belong to them Jemisin builds the idea of city centered avatars into a complex and swirling world of Lovecraftian horror, while at once twisting around the legacy of Lovecraft by punching his racism into the ground with NYC s fist multi verse fixed points and dynamic characters mix in with twists, betrayals, and sacrifice.The City We Became comes out March 26, 2020 I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. There s still a lot to live for like N.K Jemisin s new fantasy series about 5 New Yorkers coming together to defend the city from an ancient evil I JUST KNOW IT S GONNA BE A GOOD ONE Without a doubt, one of the most brilliant books I have ever had the honor of reading A brilliant homage to New York City, packed with all its love and harshness, and so incredibly inventive that I felt my own imagination and the boundaries of what fantasy can be expand. A wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse A big middle finger to Lovercraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts and humor A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times This book is all these things and The story started a bit slow as our team assembles, but once our heroes are together or as together as they re gonna be , it was a blast sharp and insightful but also just fun There are definitely some creepy and disturbing moments, and one scene between a mother and daughter that I did not expect that just about broke my heart Jemisin has moments of human tenderness and wonder tucked in this wild ride, too, so don t mistake fun for lightweight or fluff This book has a lot to say and it says it very well I tore through the last 100 pp in one sitting, laughing and cheering and loving every word It felt like driving down Second Avenue at full speed yelling at everyone to get the f out of my way And what former and current New Yorker has not wanted to do that A joy.