Father Earth did not always hate life, the lorists say. He hates because he cannot forgive the loss of his only child.
The first book of The Broken Earth series introduced us to the earthquake-prone world of Stillness, plus the orogenes who calm earthquakes, and the Fulcrum Guardians who keep the orogenes in line. It was also where we met the orogene Essun, who lost her childhood family…and then her ties to the Fulcrum, and then her new family, and then another family after that, until all she has left is her dying former lover Alabaster and the impossible task that he’s just dropped in her lap…
…right after he cracked the world in half. As bad as things were in Book 1, in Book 2 they’re about to get much worse.