Jemisin once again proves she's a genuine rock star with this fantasy quite unlike any other. New York City is under attack by an awakening force. The presence of this unseen danger has changed five people into avatars for each borough - all necessary to protect the prime avatar, presently missing, that represents NYC as a whole. Each of the five must come to terms with their newfound identity, inexorably bound to the unique identity of each borough, and find each other to save their city. The terrible force that's destroying New York can also take human form, and the resulting battles personify the struggles all great cities must face to survive. Her understanding of NYC in all its raw, diverse power grounds Jemisin's imagination and creativity, and this novel, the first in a planned trilogy, creates a world that is at once recognizable and new.
-Cindy— From Cindy's Recs
April 2020 Indie Next List
“I love N.K. Jemisin’s books, I love New York City, and I love this book about the soul and personification of New York. The City We Became might just be my favorite book to be published in 2020. This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”
— Doug Chase, Powell's Books, Portland, OR
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"The City We Became takes a broad-shouldered stand on the side of sanctuary, family and love. It's a joyful shout, a reclamation and a call to arms."—The New York Times
"A love letter, a celebration and an expression of hope and belief that a city and its people can and will stand up to darkness, will stand up to fear, and will, when called to, stand up for each other."
"The City We Became is a raucous delight, a joyride, a call-to-arms, a revolution with plenty of dancing. Eat your heart out, Lovecraft."—Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January
"The City We Became is 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 more."—Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning
"N. K. Jemisin has captured the living, breathing soul of New York City in a way that only a writer of her skill can. The City We Became is a masterpiece that plays by no rules-beautiful, musical, joyfully weird, and as impossibly fantastical as it is deeply true."—Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M