THE CITY WE BECAME by NK Jemisin

“It's a glorious fantasy, set in
that most imaginary of cities, New York.
It's inclusive in all the best ways,
and manages to contain
both Borges and Lovecraft
in its fabric, but the unique voice
and viewpoint are Jemisin's alone.”

—Neil Gaiman on THE CITY WE BECAME
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Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She’s got six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

N. K. Jemisin’s Dream Worlds

Read Raffi Khatchadourian's profile on Hugo Award-winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin in The New Yorker.

"Jemisin’s writing process often begins with dreams: imagery vivid enough to hang on into wakefulness. She does not so much mine them for insight as treat them as portals to hidden worlds. Her tendency is to interrogate what she sees with if/then questions, until her field of vision widens enough for her to glimpse a landscape that can hold a narrative."

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CHAPTER ONE

Starting with Manhattan, and the Battle of FDR Drive

He forgets his own name somewhere in the tunnel to Penn Station.

He doesn’t notice, at first. Too busy with all the stuff people usually do when they’re about to reach their train stop: cleaning up the pretzel bags and plastic bottles of breakfast, stuffing his loose laptop power cord into a pocket of his messenger bag, making sure he’s gotten his suitcase down from the rack, then having a momentary panic attack before remembering that he’s only got one suitcase. The other was shipped ahead and will be waiting for him at his apartment up in Inwood, where his roommate already is, having arrived a few weeks before. They’re both going to be grad students at—

—at, uh—

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Praise

“N. K. Jemisin has captured the living, breathing soul of New York City in a way that only a writer of her skill can. ”

—Peng Shepard

“Some of the most exciting and powerful fantasy writing of today.“

—Booklist (starred review)

“Fierce, poetic, uncompromising.”

Kirkus(starred review)

“This is my No. 1 most-anticipated read of the spring.”

Omnivoracious/The Amazon Book Review

The City We Became is a raucous delight, a joyride, a call-to-arms, a revolution with plenty of dancing”

— Alix E. Harrow

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