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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy, 1) (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: N. K. Jemisin (Tekijä)

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"Five New Yorkers must come together in order to save their city from destruction in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. 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"--… (lisätietoja)
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An engaging mythology for cities with wonderful characters and an exciting world. ( )
  brakketh | Jun 14, 2021 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3646632.html

Our protagonists discover that they have become the incarnations, the genii loci, of New York's boroughs, and also that they are under magical attack. Somewhat reminiscent of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London, except that here it's the human-built settlements that have acquired personalities. Vivid and sharp ( )
  nwhyte | May 17, 2021 |
Ugh, no.

All the great iconic cities around the world have come to life via human avatars and now it's NYC's turn. But NYC doesn't just have a single avatar representing itself, but one for each borough. This was and is one of the most inventive, creative story concepts I've ever heard--5 star concept.

And then I read it.

Jemisin absolutely has the right, even maybe the obligation to tell the stories she wants and feels compelled to tell. When you're world-making, as Jemisin has and does, as the world-creator, you can make any reality you want. If the writing is good enough (and Jemisin's is), the reader will follow you into it and anywhere. That doesn't work as well for NYC - one of the greatest, most beloved, and most diverse cities in the US.

This book lacks any sort of nuance or complexity. It's a race allegory and not even remotely subtle. The first thing you'll be told about any of the characters is their skin tone because in this story, it's the only thing that matters. White people are the common enemy of NYC and all great cities. They ruin everything, destroy everything and they always have. White men are the worst of the worst.

That' drilled in again and again. It doesn't just dominate the message, it's the only message. The result is that this could-have-been-beautiful, creative, inspired, inventive story becomes banal and racist. I kept reading - maybe it'll get deeper and there's some there, there. But there isn't.

Make no mistake, as creative as the construct is, this is full of the most tired and trite racist stereotypes and generalizations. It doesn't just lean into them, it fully embraces them hard and rather than challenge or question them, presents them as accepted truths.

Oh, and if you happen to live in Staten Island, forget you. You don't count. You're not really NYC and you don't deserve to be, apparently. Staten Island, you see, has a white female avatar and let's just say, she's not getting invited to any avatar justice league parties.

ANY writer should tell the stories they want to tell. And so, if you've read this, ask yourself whether a white person could get a major publishing contract for a racial allegory that has solely white heroes and portrays all POC as evil cartoonish villains. And if the answer is no, ask yourself why that's true and why it's accepted, even celebrated in some circles here.

The reason I went low on my rating was that I know Jemisin's reputation, her diversity representation, and the cultural themes she tackles. Getting that wouldn't be a surprise, nor would it be unwelcome. Not only does this book add nothing to the cultural discourse, it left a bad taste. Disappointing and an opportunity lost to say something, anything interesting, even if it's challenging, rather than simply add more divisiveness with the 'evil white' tropes.

I realize this is not the majority view. Like any book, if this calls to you, read it and make up your own mind. ( )
  angiestahl | May 17, 2021 |
This book is awesome! The premise from the original short story explodes into an exciting novel with a bunch more characters. I loved the diverse cast and the strong grounding in New York City. The ending was unexpected and worked really well. I look forward to seeing where this series goes next! ( )
  lavaturtle | May 9, 2021 |
Given my absolute obsession with the Broken Earth Trilogy and the undying respect I have for Jemisin, I was so hyped to read this. Unfortunately, this was quite disappointing.

This book is the classic Jemisin mix of sci-fi/fantasy over a timely socio-political commentary scaffolding. It is above all a love letter to New York, one that really underscores the idea that the city's biggest existential threat is white supremacy.

While I loved the premise of borough/city avatars that celebrated the diversity of NY, it felt like the diversity was shoehorned in and contrived as if "going down an inclusion checklist" (almost to the point of leaning into some stereotypes??). Every author would be better with even an ounce of Jemisin's dedication to write underrepresented experiences, but the lack of subtlety in her allegories here was made all the more cartoonish and force-fed bc it's set in a real city that we know rather than a fantasy world.

I couldn't bring myself to rate this any lower bc it's Jemisin but it has many flaws. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
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"Five New Yorkers must come together in order to save their city from destruction in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin. 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"--

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