The City We Became

N. K. Jemisin
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The City We Became


A weird multi-universe coming-of-age story for (and loving homage to) New York City. The vibe, the battles, the magic - this is a really good book.

It apparently follows a short story, available online, and is the first book of a trilogy. That said, it stands alone completely, which is especially important for a first book. No spoilers, but I loved the villain and the related subtext. I am not a New Yorker, but the tendencies of the people come through - and I love how it factors into their weapons in the fight.

Will definitely read the sequels, and also spend a little time in Staten Island next time I am in the city.