The City We Became

, #1

Hardcover, 437 pages

English language

Published July 30, 2020 by Orbit.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city.

Every 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 five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemison

4 stars

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reviewed The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin (Great Cities, #1)

Review of 'The City We Became' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The bad news first: it's not quite up to the standards set with the Broken Earth Trilogy. Followed by the good news: this is still an excellent start to Jemisin's new trilogy about living cities and I liked it a lot.

The prologue is the short story I already read in How Long Til Black Future Month, in which a young homeless man becomes the city of New York with the help of the embodiment of Sao Paulo, and defeats a threat. But the threat weakens New York, and so he needs the help of the five boroughs Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island to help him battle the Lovecraftian nemesis that is trying to take over New York. The embodied boroughs have to find each other and join up to find New York, and that's not as easy as it seems, as their foe does everything to stop …


  • Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Magic
  • Fiction
  • New York City
  • Multiverse