The Fifth Season N. K. Jemisin
On a far-future earth whose inhabitants suffer through perpetual cycles of environmental catastrophe, a mother and daughter are torn apart by the forces of a society built upon violent systemic oppression and voracious exploitation of natural resources. Their journey towards healing the wounds of the past will also become a quest to heal the wounds of the planet itself, uncovering in the process the foundational myths that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.
A truly phenomenal reading experience, the Broken Earth series succeeds in weaving the indelible minutia of familial bonds with a profound reimagining of what it means to live as planetary beings, cut through with truly radical characterisation and centred around an incredibly rich, nuanced, and affective emotional core. Unbound by the limits of genre, this is peerless emancipatory world-building on a vast scale.