The City We Became

A Novel (The Great Cities #1)

By N. K. Jemisin

Loved by our collective!

I loved Jemisin's short story collection How Long 'til Black Futures Month, and was so excited to hear that she expanded one of the stories into a book series! The City We Became follows the avatars of five different NYC boroughs as they attempt to combat an evil force that uses police, real estate, and neo-nazi groups to wage war against the city. Chock-full of insider New York jokes and cheeky symbolism, it is a exciting adventure that does not bother to disguise its larger commentary. At its heart, The City We Became is both a love letter and a challenge to this vibrant, frustrating, magical city. 

Content Warnings: abusive dad, attempted sexual assault, threat of police violence, villains are neo-nazis.

Esmé, Firestorm Collective member

Product Details

480 pages
Orbit (7/27/21)
6 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches


beach reads, bipoc representation, black protagonist, great cities duology, indie next, new york, queer representation, trans representation

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