Read & React: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – Chapter 11

This is the twelfth 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.

11: Damaya at the fulcrum of it all

Well, as the title suggests, Damaya is now at the Fulcrum and is considered a new grit. And surprise surprise it’s an authoritarian regime filled with abuse! (I really want to give her a hug and get her out of there.) We’re given an idea of what life as a grit in Fulcrum is like and how the pecking order among students works. Damaya gets bullied but figures out a way to get the other grits to leave her alone. (And wow that was a TWIST – a short one, but still.)

The chapters ends on a much lengthier excerpt of old text.

Important Places:
nothing new here

Important Things:
torus – the area negatively affected by an orogene’s power which is toroidal in shape; a zone of effect that can extend downwards or upwards and can be deformed in other 3-dimensional shapes by skilled orogenes

Important People:
Arkete/Maxixe – an older grit who introduces himself to Damaya after she’s been at Fulcrum for about 6 months; he supposedly has a crush on her
Selu/Crack – the girl Damaya decides to team up with to get the bullies off her back

Personal Point of Interest

This chapter reminded me of how much I do not miss grade a middle school.

Published by Victoria Mendes

I'm just a house-wife trying to cook good meals on a budget.

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