The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin has already won two Hugo awards, one for this first volume, the second for the sequel. (I am currently reading the third book.) The Fifth Season is narrated from three different points-of-view, one of which is told in the second person. (This may seem like a strange choice at first, but by the cliffhanger close of the book it makes perfect sense.) A persecuted group of humans with magical geological powers must keep the world from violent cataclysms called "seasons". This is the story of three women of different ages, who have been "cursed" with this reviled but needed ability. The complex characters are well-rounded and diverse: they are flawed and dangerous as well as compassionate and heroic. I don't remember finishing a first book in a series as fast as this. Superb, evocative writing, deserving of all the accolades it has gotten.
A first entry in a new trilogy by the award-winning author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms finds the sole continent of the earth threatened by murder, betrayal, a super-volcano and overlords who use the planet's power as a weapon. Original. 25,000 first printing.