GeekNights Book Club - GeekNights Book Club: The City We Became

Tonight on the GeekNights Book Club, we review and discuss N.K. Jemisin's fantastic The City We Became. It's a book about New York. And about cities.

The City We Became is a 2020 urban fantasy novel by N. K. Jemisin. Taking place in New York City (a setting in which we are heavily invested), the City itself is in peril in a world where great cities become sentient through human avatars. After the avatar of New York falls into a supernatural coma and vanishes, a group of five new avatars representing the five boroughs come together to fight their common Enemy.

It's the first book in her ongoing The Great Cities series, but it is self-contained and well worth reading alone. We've discussed her work before in the book club with The Fifth Season (also 1000% worth reading)!

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Apparently I have to post in complete sentences?

Also of note by N. K. Jemisin is the DC Graphic Novel “Far Sector”. Realizing I am a jive turkey, I hope I’m not stepping out of bounds calling it an ‘Afro-Fruturistic Sci-FI’ comic.

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Having only been to NYC a few times as a teenager and young adult, I really enjoyed reading this book. The primary characters seemed well thought out and fairly believable. I really loved the breakdown and personifications of the different neighborhoods/Burroughs of NYC. It forced me to think about how Seattle would look with a Similar treatment.


Fantasy novel about the personification of New York and racism, more like Edgar Rice Boroughs

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