The Obelisk Gate directly continues where The Fifth Season left off and must be read in order. If you haven’t read The Fifth Season, go read it. Now. Seriously, it’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read.
When I say The Obelisk Gate directly continues The Fifth Season, I mean it starts in the very same scene where the last book ended, with Alabaster declaring that they had to get a moon. I ended up wishing that I’d reread The Fifth Season directly before hand, since I’d forgotten a lot of details and spent a while confused. I feel like I would have gotten a lot more out of The Obelisk Gate if I’d read it directly after The Fifth Season. As is, I plan on rereading the series at some point after its completion so I can more fully parse the various complexities.
The Book of Phoenix is the prequel to Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death, which I haven’t read. It’s possible that this was a mistake, but there were enough oddities regarding the ending that I think it may be more to do with the book itself. It’s science fiction with a very low emphasis on the word “science.” Are you familiar with some of the bizarre, loosely science based speculations of comic books? Well, The Book of Phoenix is most closely related to that comic book science fiction. The X-Men movies are the best comparison I can think of.
The Book of Phoenix starts at some unspecified time in the future, after the fall of the apocalypse. An old man finds a cave of digital technology which contains a data file – The Book of Phoenix. He begins to listen.
And All the Stars is one of the better YA apocalyptic novels I’ve read. Towers have sprouted from cities around the world, spreading a strange dust. Those who encounter the dust either die or transform… Madeleine Cost is a fifteen year old artist who’s skipping school to go paint a portrait of her cousin. She winds up right next to Sydney’s tower and gets absolutely coated in the dust. She teams up with some other teenage survivors to face the new world and what they’ve become.
On the Edge of Gone is a stand alone YA science fiction novel about the end of the world. A comet is about to hit Earth, and Denise’s family does not have a place in either the permanent shelters beneath the ground or the generation ships heading off planet. Denise and her drug addicted mother are heading to a temporary shelter (her sister Iris is nowhere to be found). By chance as the comet hits, they find a generation ship that has not yet left Earth. However, all the spots on the ship have already been filled, and Denise fears that she cannot justify her own usefulness since she’s autistic. And even if she does gain a place, what about her mother and sister? What about everyone else who will be left behind?
Angelfall is a YA novel that takes place six weeks after the beginning of the apocalypse, when angels began attacking the world. I don’t regret listening to it, but it did fall into many pitfalls of the YA genre.
Penryn is out on the streets with her wheel chair bound sister and schizophrenic mother when they see an angel getting attacked by some other angels. Penryn’s sister accidentally draws their attention, and they take her before leaving. Desperate to get her sister back, Penryn carts off the now wingless angel who was the victim of the attack to convince him to help her.
The Fifth Season is the start of an inventive apocalyptic fantasy trilogy set in a world wracked by frequent catastrophes which destroy civilizations and leave ruins in their wake. People have grown used to a world of disasters and prepared, storing food for hard times ahead. But when a giant rift in the earth rips apart the continent, annihilating the capital of the empire, enough ash is released into the air to block out the sun for thousands of years.
Amid the chaos, Essun finds that her husband has murdered their son and left with their daughter. As the world collapses around her, she sets off across the dying land to find them.
Killer of Enemies is a pleasantly entertaining YA book about an Apache heroine who kills monsters.
A mysterious event causes all electronics to stop working, plunging the world into disaster. Prior to the cataclysmic event, the Ones (the elite rulers) had created genetically manipulated pets for themselves. Freed of their electric fences, these monsters are now roaming the earth.
Lozen’s the official monster killer for a walled town run by four insane Ones. Lozen does not occupy this position of her own free will, but the Ones are holding her family hostage. She has to keep killing the ever more dangerous beasts they send her after, all the while plotting for a way to free her family.