Audiobook Review: Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin

Audiobook Review: Emergency Skin by N. K. Jemisin

Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.

Audible narration by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)
What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award–winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.

An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind—hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, soldier. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.

N. K. Jemisin’s Emergency Skin is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

My Review:
Title: Emergency Skin
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Format: Audio
Narrator: Jason Isaacs
Genre: Science Fiction
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 3 in the Forward Collection
POV: The instructions/computer guide talking to the explorer
Steam Level: Clean

Emergency Skin explores what is considered beautiful in the world of the have and have nots. Exploring the power of who is in charge and how they impact their environment was demonstrated very well in this novella. Emergency Skin has been my favorite story so far. The concept of what and who is beautiful and what society can be like when viewed differently is a stark reality-check.

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