This is the eleventh 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.
10: you walk beside the beast
Maybe we are back to the every-other chapter thing now? Just when I think I know the rhythm of this book it changes. Essun fell asleep in a field near a pump house with Hoa and left Hoa as the night guard. He was supposed to wake her up when the block of peat burned out but instead she woke up much later to others’ screams. They run away for a bit then go back to the pump to refill their water where they meet a random kind but fierce lady who Essun thinks is a geomest. They all get trapped in the well house when a feral kirkhusa debates whether or not to eat them – then things get weird when Hoa kills it by turning it into some sort of mixture of stone/mineral.
pump house – it’s what it sounds like, a small shack that protects a well pump off the side of the road
geomest – (these have been mentioned before in passing but not enough to know what it means, and I’m still not entirely sure what it means) a type of person who is gifted with feeling the earth and can identify orogenes; they’re often thought of as orogenes in the best way possible (sorry – I still don’t have a solid definition yet)
kirkhusa – a dog like creature kept as a pet that typically eats low hanging leaves (that is until it tastes too much ash then switches to eating people as its main food source during a Season)
UC at the well – the lady Essun calls a geomest though the lady rejects the title
Personal Point of Interest
I want a cute little kirkhusa …. Oh wait, maybe not.