Read & React: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – Chapter 17

This is the eighteenth 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.

17: Damaya, in finality

(What even is this chapter title?!? Don’t kill her!!! Also the passage of time in this book still confuses me – there’s been a year time skip since the last time we saw Damaya.) Damaya now has a bit of free time and she uses it to to explore the Fulcrum complex. There are lots of rooms with lots of things – some of which seemingly forgotten. Then one day a girl Damaya has never seen before slips into her group of grits. Binof is from the leadership caste and is known for getting herself into trouble and now she’s convinced Damaya to help her find a hexagonal room in the center complex.

They find a sort of harsh pit in it right before they’re caught by a guardian. (What on earth is Yumenes trying to cover up so badly???) When Damaya is being interrogated by the guardian that caught them in the socket room the implant in the guardian goes wrong and she begins speaking of a thing down there that speaks and is angry. Schaffa comes in and removes the implant which kills the guardian and Damaya begins to cry because it’s all so wrong. (That’s a lot a weird stuff to try to take in all at once; I think I’d cry too.) Then Schaffa tells her that she now has to take the first ring tests and tells her not to die, and we learn that the rogga name she’s chosen for herself is Syenite. (YAY she’s not dead and now these time skips are making more sense!)

Important Places:
haxagonal room in the center of the Fulcrum – it’s home to a socket and Father Earth is mad

Important Things:
Father Earth is an angry boi

Important People:
Binof Leadership Yumenes – the girl who sneaks into the line of grits in front of Damaya

Personal Point of Interest

AHAH now the time skips make more sense and I’m glad I’ve actually been getting the background info for one of the characters this entire time!

Published by Victoria Mendes

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