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N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season, absolutely. I read it during the middle of quarantine, and it’s one of the books that got me back into reading for pleasure in college. The characters feel so heartbreakingly real; the world is fully-realized on every level, rich and deeply lived-in. This book changed my life in more ways than one; I don’t think I would’ve ever pursued publishing if it hadn’t convinced me there could be a place for my stories on shelves. Anyone who reads my longer fiction will likely find my admiration for Jemisin’s work obvious.
My latest book is also my debut! It’s called The Splinter in the Sky, and it’s a spy thriller space opera about a tea specialist-turned-assassin who embarks on a quest to rescue her kidnapped sibling. But doing so, she soon discovers, might require taking down an empire. This is a story about the far-reaching effects of imperialism, as well as the simultaneous commodification, absorption, and erasure of culture. It’s about how systems of oppression—and the beliefs sustaining them—rise and fall. But most importantly, it's a story about family, friendship, and the necessity of hope.
Thank you, Kemi!
POSTED BY: Paul Weimer. Ubiquitous in Shadow, but I’m just this guy, you know? @princejvstin.