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Jemisin’s latest novel, The City We Became, explicitly recognizes this battle as the stuff of both social movements and epic fantasy.

), as the city starts to come to consciousness, New York’s first avatar fights off the Enemy but is gravely wounded in the process.

He falls into a coma; meanwhile, the rest of the soul of New York City awakens in five parts, each representing his or her borough.

“New York is too much for one person to embody,” a character surmises: the city needs a superhero squad.

Rather, The City We Became is yet another example of Jemisin’s unmatched genius at weaving racial capitalism into epic fantasy.

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