Due to a group wide failure to finish the book (it was long y'all!) we are having a second meeting to discuss "The Fifth Season". So pick up where you left over and get ready for June 6! On another matter, I am moving to Seattle. This will be my last book club, for a while at least. Fortunately, N.K. Jemisin has some wisdom for me: This is what you must remember: the ending of one story is just the beginning of another. "Imagine Hogwarts, if Hogwarts treated its students like chattel. The world Jemisin creates is as horrific as it is brilliant." Hello Big Easy Readers! We are taking our second run at The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin. We are meeting at Bayou Wine Garden starting at 6PM. As usual, we are a fun, casual book club that is always welcoming of new members. Hope you can read something new and interesting, come to the Meetup, and meet some new people! The book as summarized by Rick Riordan on Good Reads: "It's the tale of an alternate earth called the Stillness, which is plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events called 'Fifth Seasons' that keep humans on their toes. The evidence of past civilizations litters the planet -- ruined cities, incomplete 'stonelore' handed down from earlier generations, and strange obelisks that float through the atmosphere like low-altitude satellites and serve no apparent purpose. The civilization that we meet in this book, the Sanze Empire, has survived for centuries by harnessing the power of orogenes -- people born with an innate ability to control their environment. The orogenes can stop earthquakes or start them. They can save cities, or drawn power from living creatures and 'ice' them. Their powers are terrifying yet essential, so the empire develops a caste of Guardians who have the power to neutralize the orogenes when necessary. The orogenes are held in contempt and called 'roggas' by ordinary humans. Despite all their power, they cannot control their own lives. They are either hunted down and destroyed or sent to the Fulcrum to be trained and used by the empire. Imagine Hogwarts, if Hogwarts treated its students like chattel. The world Jemisin creates is as horrific as it is brilliant." Finally, "Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind." So I'll always have NOLA.