The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

The City We Became

The City #1

N.K. Jemisin

fiction Fantasy
adventurous challenging mysterious medium-paced

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Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city in the first book of a stunning new series by Hugo award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

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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Sexual assault (3 reviewers), Racism (2 reviewers), Antisemitism (2 reviewers), Homophobia (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Sexism (1 reviewer), and Hate crime (1 reviewer)


Racism (3 reviewers), Homophobia (2 reviewers), Religious bigotry (2 reviewers), Transphobia (2 reviewers), Hate crime (2 reviewers), Emotional abuse (2 reviewers), Xenophobia (2 reviewers), Alcoholism (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Racial slurs (1 reviewer), Addiction (1 reviewer), Islamophobia (1 reviewer), Antisemitism (1 reviewer), Drug use (1 reviewer), and Death (1 reviewer)


Cursing (1 reviewer), Genocide (1 reviewer), Misogyny (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), and Sexual assault (1 reviewer)


adventurous 89%
mysterious 43%
tense 40%
funny 33%
dark 30%
hopeful 29%
challenging 26%
inspiring 22%
reflective 20%
emotional 18%
informative 5%
lighthearted 3%
sad 1%


medium 60%
fast 34%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 27% | No: 9% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 64% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 4%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 99% | It's complicated: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 14% | No: 5% | N/A: 0%

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