The World We Make

A Novel The Great Cities #2

Hardcover, 368 pages

Published Oct. 31, 2022 by Orbit.


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4 stars (1 review)

All is not well in the city that never sleeps. Even though the avatars of New York City have temporarily managed to stop the Woman in White from invading—and destroying the entire universe in the process—the mysterious capital "E" Enemy has more subtle powers at her disposal. A new candidate for mayor wielding the populist rhetoric of gentrification, xenophobia, and "law and order" may have what it takes to change the very nature of New York itself and take it down from the inside.

In order to defeat him, and the Enemy who holds his purse strings, the avatars will have to join together with the other Great Cities of the world in order to bring her down for good and protect their world from complete destruction.

N.K. Jemisin’s Great Cities Duology, which began with The City We Became and concludes with The World We Make, is a masterpiece of …

2 editions

Not as good as the first one

4 stars

Not quite as good as "The City We Became". The concept of city avatars can only be stretched so far, I guess. We get to meet a few more cities - which is cool but sometimes verges on stereotype. The political aspects aren't as poignant as in the first book and feel somewhat derivative and unsubtle. But it all comes together really well in the end.