Title: The City We Became (Great Cities #1)
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)
Release Date: March 24, 2020
“This is the lesson: Great cities are like any other living things, being born and maturing and wearying and dying in their turn.”
This is a tough review, because my love for the concept of this story is a solid 5 stars, but I had some trouble getting into the story and comprehension that lowered the overall experience. The City We Became is a truly unique story about power dynamics that was fascinating to read.
The first two and a half hours of this were very rough for me, I almost DNFd the story. I was just so confused, had no idea what was going on, and really hated that no one had a name. But as Manny was introduced, I started to get into the story more. I loved seeing each borough’s personality shine through their characters. Nature personified is kinda a weakness of mine, so I feel like this premise was catered to me. And while I didn’t care for the characters much on an individual level, as a unit they really worked. (Except Aislyn, she can rot.)
The story wasn’t the easiest to get into (or get back into after taking a reading break) but the idea and execution were so compelling that it kept me engaged even when my interest wasn’t peaked. And I have to say this was one of the best produced audiobooks I’ve ever listened too. The narration was fantastic and easy to differentiate all the different characters and the added effects elevated the experience. So while not an instant favorite, The City We Became is certainly a memorable story.