I don't know that I've ever read such a perfect blend of Science Fiction and High Fantasy? It was a little jolting at first to reconcile my normal expectations of Fantasy (a more medieval inspired setting) with what Jemisin presents here.
This is a world with electricity & asphalt, but also with horse drawn carriages & primitive housing in certain locations. There are academic discussions about scientific matters while characters are bathing in a river. The juxtapose took me a second to get into, but after I did I really enjoyed the feeling it gave me.
I absolutely loved that diverse perspectives offered in this book. Three female PoC perspectives, two of which are third person while the other is second person. Second person perspective is a very tricky one to pull off in my opinion, but all of these flowed seamlessly & flawlessly together.
The plot of this one is largely a mystery for the majority of the novel, and you can feel the discoveries settling into place like pieces of a puzzle as you read. I feel like Jemisin has created a work of art with this novel. Like once this section of my puzzle finally made a picture, all I could say was "Ohhh wow... would ya look at that?"
I believe it is best to go into this knowing as little as possible, as it really enhanced my reading experience. I didn't read a synopsis, I didn't read any reviews, I went in with a blindfold on. A huge part of the satisfaction from reading this comes from experiencing the twists and turns without being spoiled, SO BEWARE OF SPOILERS FOR THIS ONE ESPECIALLY.
This world is full of magic & surprise & science. Jemisin's writing style beautifully compliments both its brutality & its originality. If you're put off by the dystopian labeling I encourage you to disregard it. Yes it's a dystopian in its set up, but it doesn't suffer from the same old, same old feeling you get from every dystopian ever.
I just really had a great time with this book! WOULD RECOMMEND.