The City We Became

N. K. Jemisin (Author) Robin Miles (Read by)


Five New Yorkers must come together in order to defend their city from an ancient evil in the first book of a stunning new novel by Hugo Award-winning and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

Every great 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 six.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

Product Details

$39.00  $35.88
Publish Date
March 24, 2020
6.1 X 1.8 X 5.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
Compact Disc

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About the Author

N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has won the Hugo Award for best novel (The Fifth Season); been shortlisted for the Crawford, Gemmell Morningstar, and Tiptree Awards; and been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. She also won a Locus Award for Best First Novel (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms) as well as multiple Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards.

Jemisin's short fiction has been published in pro markets such as Clarkesworld, Postscripts, Strange Horizons, and Baen's Universe; semipro markets such as Ideomancer and Abyss & Apex; and podcast markets and print anthologies. Her first six novels, a novella, and a short story collection are available from Orbit Books.

Jemisin is a member of the Altered Fluid writing group. In addition to writing, she is a counseling psychologist and educator (specializing in career counseling and student development), a sometime hiker and biker, and a political/feminist/anti-racist blogger.

N. K.'s stories include The City Born Great and The Fifth Season.

Robin Miles, dubbed a voice that never disappoints, is an AudioFile Golden Voice, an Audible Hall of Famer, the 2014 Booklist Voice of Choice, a 2009 Grammy finalist director, and winner of over forty Best of the Year and Earphones awards. Her chameleon-like vocal and acting ability have won accolades for their nuance and variety. Her credits include Hugo winners The Fifth Season trilogy (N. K. Jemisin) and Binti (Nnedi Okorafor); Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterley); The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson); The Violet Hour (Broadway); several regional productions and museum installations; and Law & Order. Robin holds degrees from Yale (BA) and The Yale School of Drama (MFA), and owns Voxpertise, Inc., a studio for voice-over training and production.


"Highly recommended for anyone interested in some of the most exciting and powerful fantasy writing of today."

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

"Although the story is a fantasy, many aspects of the plot draw on contemporary incidents...Fierce, poetic, uncompromising."

-- " Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"A harsh love story to one of America's most famous places. As raw and vibrant as the city itself, the prose pushes the boundaries of fantasy and brings home what residents already know--their city is alive."

-- "Library Journal (starred review)"

"The City We Became is a raucous delight, a joyride, a call-to-arms, a revolution with plenty of dancing. Eat your heart out, Lovecraft."

-- "Alix E. Harrow, author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January"

"A wonderfully inventive love letter to New York City that spans the multiverse. A big middle finger to Lovecraft with a lot of heart, creativity, smarts, and humor. A timely and audacious allegorical tale for our times. This book is all these things and more."

-- "Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning"