The City We Became – A Book Review

Hey y’all

As you may or may not know, I’m in a book club for teachers online and I joined so that I can broaden my knowledge on the different books out there and I also like having people that I can talk books with! Anyway, for February (Black History Month) this book, The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin was voted on so it’s the book we read for that month.

At first I was a bit intimidated because of how thick the book was. Also, it’s a Fantasy book and I don’t really read Fantasy books (other than like Harry Potter) so I was apprehensive about reading this book. My best friend started to read this same book but never made it past the prologue (it’s a thick one) and had to give it back to the library. Now I’ve never heard of this book before so I went in with a totally open mind. The book follows the stories of each of the boroughs (people) of New York: Bronca (Bronx), Manny (Manhattan), Brooklyn, Aislyn (Staten Island), and Padmini (Queens). They all have to join together and defeat evil forces that are trying to destroy the city.


In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn’t remember who he is, where he’s from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power. In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it’s as if the paint is literally calling to her. In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels. And they’re not the only ones.


I’ll be honest. I didn’t like it. Where do I begin? I suppose it’s to first state that there are some rape images in a small part of the book so that’s my trigger warning for those of you out there.

I didn’t know what to really expect even though I read the ending first (shoot me). In the beginning of the book, I was really confused as to what was happening. In fact, I would outwardly ask what is happening as I read it. Even when people would ask how I was enjoying the book I’d respond with a totally honest answer: I don’t know because I’m not sure on what is going on.The villain was just really weird and i just have to ask, why is it when the villain is a lady she’s in a white suit? It reminded me of the Divergent series in that aspect.

It took way too long to get to the action and while it didn’t exactly end how I wanted it to, I knew one character (Aislyn) that was on my nerves and that I’d end up hating which I did end up hating smh. She was annoying and I knew she would be a problem. I’m still mad about it actually lol. If you read the book, you’d end up hating her too actually. My favorite character? Padmini. She’s just so analytical and something that I’m not but I don’t know, she was just my favorite. Her power was pretty cool too! She could like know something was wrong, and just speed to it.I thought that was pretty cool! The other characters were okay…except for Aislyn and Bronca (she was just too angry). I did love that the characters were all diverse.

I’m guessing this is book one but I don’t like it. Now with that being said, I’m the type of person that has to know how things end so if this is book one in a series, I will buy the rest of the books in the series. I did the same with the 50 Shades trilogy. I hate the books but I just had to know how it ended lol.

I’d give it a 3.5/5 to be honest.

What book should I read next?

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