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Topics Books Top 10s. Best books History books. Reuse this content. Most popular. Her Guardian, Schaffa, agrees to help her reach the only city on the other side of the planet, Corepoint; from there, the Obelisk Gate can be activated without the need for the central control obelisk that Essun used. The comm reaches Rennanis after a costly desert crossing, where Essun learns that Nassun is planning to open the Gate as Essun did, which would almost certainly mean her death. She departs for Corepoint with a small company to intercept Nassun.
Just prior to leaving, she learns she is pregnant by Lerna, the former healer from her old comm Tirimo, with whom she has started a relationship. Hoa, the stone eater who has been following her since she left Tirimo, offers to take them by transporting directly through the Earth; however, as they traverse through the center of the planet skirting around the core , they are attacked by a rival faction of stone eaters and Lerna is killed.
Nassun and Schaffa reach the ruins of a city in the Antarctic region, from which Schaffa believes transportation is available to Corepoint.
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They descend into the ruins, where they find a functional transportion system linking to Corepoint directly through the center of the planet. During their transit through the core, it is revealed that the Earth is a living consciousness, furious with humanity's attempts to control it and the loss of Earth's moon, which Earth blames humanity for. The core is rich with the magical energy that forms the Earth's consciousness, and Nassun realizes this directly fuels the Guardians' abilities and longevity through an iron shard embedded in their brains. Through flashbacks, the story of Hoa is revealed: in the distant past, human technology, which seamlessly fuses advanced biotechnology and magic, has reached its pinnacle with the creation of the Obelisk Gate, a network of obelisks designed to tap the Earth's magical essence to create an inexhaustible source of energy.
To accomplish this, scientists have created a race of humans with exquisite sensitivity to magic based on the DNA of a race of people the now-dominant culture defeated and subjugated. These "tuners" will control the Gate and tap the magic from Earth's core.
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However, the night before the Gate is to be activated, the tuners discover the fate of the people their genetic code was based on: they are kept alive as batteries, wired to the obelisks to charge them with magical energy, in eternal torment. The lead tuner, Hoa, decides to destroy the Gate during its activation rather than perpetuate this injustice. As he and his fellow tuners attempt to do so, the Earth itself takes control of the obelisks and tries to use them to melt the crust of the Earth, which will sterilize it of almost all life.
Hoa and the other tuners manage to avert this catastrophe by preventing some of the obelisks from activating, at the expense of their physical bodies: they are all transformed into the first stone eaters, and the Moon is flung into a high elliptical orbit by the massive energies involved. Nevertheless, enough of the obelisks are activated to cause worldwide devastation and plunge humanity into a dark age, wracked by the Fifth Seasons.
In the present day, at Corepoint, the Earth removes its iron shard from Schaffa's brain, dooming him to an early death. Distraught, Nassun decides to use the Gate to transform everyone on Earth into stone eaters, rather than destroying the Earth and Moon outright. Essun arrives and attempts to seize control of the Gate using the central control obelisk in order to return the Moon to orbit, end the Seasons, and save Nassun from certain death.
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They struggle, but neither can gain an upper edge, and Essun gives up to allow her daughter to complete her task, rather than risk her destruction. She releases control of the Gate and is completely turned to stone. Nassun, moved by the sight, decides to complete her mother's task and use the Gate to return the Moon to orbit. In the aftermath, the Fifth Seasons are ended and civilization starts to rebuild.
In a cave deep underground, Hoa, at the end of The Fifth Season revealed to be the narrator of the series, patiently awaits the rebirth of Essun as a stone eater. The Broken Earth series uses several different styles of narration. The most widely remarked upon is its use of second person. It is eventually revealed that the books' narrator is Hoa. In The Stone Sky , Hoa narrates portions of the book set in the past in first person, and portions set in the present in second person for Essun's perspective and third person for Nassun's perspective.
Jemisin has stated that she isn't sure what prompted her to try writing Essun's chapters from a second person point-of-view,  but that she ultimately chose to keep writing in second person because it conveyed "disassociation of [Essun], the not-all-here of her". The Stone Sky ' s release was anticipated on several "best of" upcoming science fiction and fantasy lists, including The Washington Post and io9 ,   and reception upon its release was laudatory, winning Jemisin a third consecutive Hugo Award for Best Novel , .
This is an extraordinary achievement, as Jemisin has won the Hugo Award for best novel in three consecutive years. In starred reviews, Publishers Weekly summed up the novel as having "vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding" that came together in "an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home",  and Kirkus Reviews noting that "Jemisin continues to break the heart with her sensitive, cleareyed depictions of a beyond-dysfunctional family and the extraordinarily destructive force that is prejudice.