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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great…
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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy, 1) (utgåvan 2020)

av N. K. Jemisin (Författare)

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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"--… (mer)
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Titel:The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities Trilogy, 1)
Författare:N. K. Jemisin (Författare)
Info:Orbit (2020), Edition: 1st, 448 pages
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We all know that great cities have spirits, souls, living identities. New York City is unquestionably a great city, and as one might expect of New York, it's a little bit different than most other great cities. It has an avatar for each of its five boroughs, and a sixth avatar, the avatar of the whole city.

But New York City is just being born, just coming alive, and its avatars don't yet understand what and who they are, or what they need to do. And there's a new danger out there, that most of the older cities have not faced--nor do the older cities believe the few newest cities who are telling them something new is going on.

Sao Paolo, newest city to be born, to manifest into life, has but a single avatar, has been assigned the task of midwifing the City of New York into life. He's worried, but all he really knows is that something seems different, and that the cities that have had multiple avatars, have either failed to be successfully born, or, like London, clearly went through something very traumatic, and emerged with one avatar that is not eager to mix with the other cities. Sao Paolo is afraid the birth of New York is going to be very bad, and perhaps fail.

He also expects that if New York is successful, the five borough avatars will be absorbed into the City avatar, and no longer exist separately.

When the avatars of Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn learn this, well, they have their own opinions. As for the fifth borough, Staten Island, well, something else entirely, and far more disturbing, is going on with her.

Manhattan, a.k.a. Manny, is a mixed-race young man who had just arrived in NYC on a bus, intending to start a new life. This gets a bit more comprehensive than intended when the first manifestations of the city being born cause him to lose his memory of his own identity, and anything but the broad outlines of his plans. He's now Manhattan, and has to figure out what that means for him.

Brooklyn is a middle-aged woman, former famous singer and DJ, now city politician and mother of a teenage daughter. Brooklyn really is her given name; now she is also the avatar of the borough.

Bronca Siwanoy is a Lenape woman, in her 60s, an artist, and director of the Bronx art center. She is also, now, the avatar of the Bronx.

Padmini Prakesh is in her twenties, a Tamil immigrant and grad student, a mathematician, and now the avatar of Queens.

Aislyn Houlihan, white, thirty, lives with her parents on Staten Island, has never actually been off Staten Island to visit any other part of the city. Now the avatar of Staten Island.

And of course, New York, a young, homeless, black man, a gifted artist who does his work as graffiti.

These are highly individual, proud, often contentious people, with strengths, weaknesses, and sometimes counterproductive impulses to think their borough is the most valuable, or the only one they need to care about--and if New York City is to survive, they need to find ways to work together.

This turns out to be a little more literal than merely the sense of having a living avatar or avatars to support and protect the city. There really is something new and different going on, and the city, all the living and potentially living cities of Earth have an Enemy.

I got sucked into the story, and the characters, right away. Jemisin is a wonderful writer, and Miles does a great job with the narration. Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Feb 11, 2021 |
A rollercoaster-ride of action and adventure as the avatars of the city of New York battle a Lovecraftian tentacled horror. Great fun. ( )
  SChant | Feb 7, 2021 |
Probably my favourite Jemisin so far. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
Series Info/Source: This is the first book in The Great Cities Trilogy. I borrowed a copy of this book from the library.

Story (5/5): The concept of this story is a really good one, stories have been written about cities being living entities before but never quite like this story. The concept is that if a city becomes big enough and different enough, it manifests as a living being. In this story we are introduced to seven characters, six who become the living representations of the boroughs of New York City and one who becomes New York City itself. Unfortunately, there is another entity from a parallel reality that doesn’t want cities to become alive. Our characters have to both figure out what is happening to themselves and not succumb to the alien entity.

I liked this a lot and really enjoyed the concept. I think the constant jumping around did distract from getting to know the characters some and parts of this book felt long. However, I really enjoyed the ideas and overall story presented here, it gives a lot of food for thought.

Characters (5/5): As mentioned above this isn’t really a character driven story but more of a concept and idea driven story. We jump between the different characters so much that it’s hard to engage with them as characters, they end up being more ideas or personifications of the parts of the city they represent. All of the characters are intriguing and well done. The fact that well established cities are a person/character/soul is an amazing concept and very creative.

Setting (5/5): I am going to be honest and say I am not a New York City fan, I’ve been there a few times and I think it’s loud and dirty (I am not a big city fan in general). However, I can see the charm of city living for some. What I really appreciated in this book is how well it explained the boroughs and personalities of parts of New York City so well to an outsider like myself. I learned a lot about New York City, enjoyed the setting and appreciated all the effort that went into making this a believable setting. I think those who love New York City will enjoy how it is represented both, the downsides and upsides of New York City are well represented.

Writing Style (5/5): This wasn't the quickest or easiest book to read, Jemisin's books never are. It was a very good story though and had some amazing world-building, so I appreciate the quality of story-telling here. In general I have found while Jemisin’s books do take effort and concentration to read, they are generally worth it because of the creativity used to put together the story and because of how thought-provoking they are. That is definitely the case for this book. I find myself thinking about it a lot and really looking forward to reading future books in this series.

My Summary (5/5): Overall I ended up loving this even though it took a bit of effort for me to get through. The payoff was definitely worth the time put in to read this. The concept and world-building are amazing here. This is an excellent “idea” book with some fantastical elements involving personification of a city and parallel realities. At times there is a very Lovecraftian feel to the story as well. I ended up really enjoying it a ton and am really looking forward to the next book in the series. ( )
  krau0098 | Jan 8, 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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