Fifth Season: Prologue and Ch 1
Yumenes is noted for being a city not built to withstand earthquakes, then it is destroyed by an earthquake, triggered by a man.
Essun with her dead son, ending her world. And the world outside ended the day before. Neither is new for her. A boy-like person emerges from a geode.
And this is the last time the world ends.
Some worldbuilding keywords: stonelore, stone eaters, sessapinae (sense organs), obelisks, Father Earth. The man who destroys the world contacts his fellow slaves.
Essun is grieving for Uche, her dead son. She stopped the Yumenes earthquake destroying the town, but didn't save the nearby town of Sume. Essun is an orogene (earthquake controller), as is Uche. Orogenes are hated, nicknamed "roggas". The townsfolk think it reasonable that Jija killed his son, Uche, because Uche was a rogga. Lerna, the doctor educated elsewhere, doesn't share this prejudice. Essun decides to leave Tirimo.
Questions: do you get a sense of place of Tirimo? Does the author do enough to show you what the place and people were like before the Yumenes disaster? Does it matter that you have little context for the events in these two chapters, and what they mean? Is this hampering or heightening your enthusiasm for the book?
I suggest new readers don't read the appendices yet, or perhaps at all until the end of the book. I enjoyed discovering the world as it unfolded through the story.