This is the sixth blog installment of Read & React for The Fifth Season. If you’re new to the series check out the first installment here. Eventually I hope to take my notes from this and transform them into a Spoiler Free Review, but this segment will definitely be filled with spoilers since it is my thoughts as I go through the book. Reader be warned, this post is meant for discussion purposes; avert your eyes now if you wish to avoid spoilers.
5: you’re not alone
We’re back to second person (I’m beginning to see a pattern here), and I think we’re back in Essun’s life. (Yep – definitely back to her again.) She’s still heading south to get away from the rend and track down Jija and Nassun. While she’s settling down in a field for the night she runs across a boy named Hoa who’s probably around 7 or 8 years old.
The chapter ends in a quote from what I’m guessing is/was a University lecture. (It has a date, but I don’t know the dating system of this world.)
nothing new here
nothing new here either
Hoa – a boy found in a field south of Tirimo who seems to have taken a liking to Essun.
Personal Point of Interest
cachebread smeared with salty akaba paste (packed a long time ago) p.79 – I’m pretty sure these are shelf stable foods, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to recreate them. I don’t know if these are world specific foods or if this actually exists, but if I do one of those book challenges where you have to eat like the characters do I know I can revisit this. Who knows? Maybe I’ll incorporate it into my spoiler free review somehow.