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"Okorafor's writing is even more beautiful than I remember it being in Binti, evocative and sharply elegant in its economy....What Binti: Home says, ultimately, is that traveling the galaxy is relatively easy compared to understanding ourselves and each other--and that this is crucial, necessary work." —NPR
"[Binti: Home] opens up Binti's tale in astonishing ways, while provocatively exploring questions of identity and kinship." —Chicago Tribune
"Binti is a compact gem of adventure, bravery and other worlds. Nnedi Okorafor efficiently and effectively uses the short format to create a visual, suspenseful ride. And the heroine, Binti, invites us along to participate in her secret mission. From the start she is special and destined for greater things, but without knowing the tests that will challenge her resilience. As a result, her heroism and vulnerabilities grab our attention, holding tight until the end." —USA Today
"Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love with Binti." —Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author of American Gods
"Binti is a supreme read about a smart, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" —Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper
"Binti is like Ripley, having to deal with death and drama but in a really clever way that drinks from the pool of who she is. It's a beautiful, heady, a bit scary, and ultimately fulfilling piece of fiction that made me cry in its last paragraph because of its hopeful, uplifting ending." —Kirkus Reviews
"Binti's powerful feelings of displacement, loss, grief, and joy make this entertaining narrative vivid, funny, and memorable." —Publishers Weekly
"Equal parts thriller, adventure, and quest, this work also serves as a timely parable about the power of educating girls. In spite of every possible obstacle, Binti is a girl determined to succeed, whose acute intellect will save her world." —Library Journal (starred review)
"The prose is vivid and unadorned, the pacing strong, and then developed as a whole deeply compelling." —Locus
"Full of the author's trademark inventiveness, Home follows Okorafor's compelling protagonist through a series of events that strip Binti of her comforts, her safe spaces, and her familiar tools in order to prepare Binti for the next stage of her journey." —SFRA
About the Author
- Publication date : February 5, 2019
- File size : 2840 KB
- Publisher : DAW (February 5, 2019)
- ASIN : B07DH9QFMY
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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_Binti: Sacred Fire_
_Binti: Home__Binti: The Night Masquerade_
Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka s a young girl - about 18? - of the Himba people, on the edge of the Namibian desert. The Himba are looked-down-on by the more powerful neighboring Khoush people; the Himba in turn look down on the "Desert People." Because of her skill at the mathematical techniques called "treeing" and "harmonizing", Binti has been invited to join the prestigious Galactic Oomza University.
This is an interesting future world, where the only humans ever mentioned are those from the Namibian area of Africa. The Khoush have recently reached a truce, of sorts, with the Meduse, a violent and honor-bound alien race. Many Khoush travel to the stars; Binti is the first Himba to do so, and she is violating a dozen tribal norms by doing so.
The ship to Oomza is attacked by Meduse, and Binti, the only survivor (apparently due to her possession of an ancient artifact), finds herself drawn to "harmonize" a peace between the Meduse and the University. But to make her plausible, to them, as their representative, the Meduse sting her, causing her hair to be replaced by _okuowo_, tentacles that are inherent to the Meduse physiology. This is the first in a series of events which lead Binti to question her nature, her identity, and whether she really belongs anywhere in the Universe.
And that's about half of book 1. The story convolutes, contracts in on itself and spins outward, and Okorafor takes the trouble to invite her readers to genuinely ask the hard questions that many SF writers seem to think they have answered, usually in some smug aphorism. The Binti books offer no smug easy answers, only harder strictures on what an answer might look like.
It's all too frequently done to posit writer X as the successor to writer Z. I think that a good case can be made that Okorafor is, at least, _a_ successor to Ursula K. Le Guin, a writer more interested in questions than answers, in human implications than kewl gadgets, and in personal than universal significances,
If you enjoy character driven stories, this series may appeal to you as it feels very much centered around Binti's emotions. I would have appreciated more attention to the plot, personally, as a major set up from chapter one paid off quite unsatisfyingly at the end, and we kept circling back to the same internal issues, beating the same drum again, and again... and again. Furthermore, as it was written in first person, I felt like I was often being told about Binti's personal growth through her own self-awareness, rather than just observing it through her maturing choices.
In the end, I wanted to see a bit more of the epic universe that must have been scribbled on the author's world building journals, and a bit less of the protagonist's repetitive internal trauma.
The fact that the journey is painful and filled with tragedy does not diminish you, it enriches you, for if you somehow survive that suffering, you are that much the wiser, that much the stronger, that much *more* than you were before. Thanks to Nnedi Okarafor for reflecting back to me my intuitions about the nature of the universe, self, the power of who we are and all that makes us that way, and infinite nature of life, growth, and connection. It is a great comfort to me to know that I am not alone in these thoughts and feelings, to hear another woman feel the beat of ancestral rhythms in her blood that tell her of things long forgotten, to see another woman grasp tightly to that wisdom and find a way to do what I so long to do myself, to give thaf forgotten wisdom new life in stories that can be heard by this new world, which is reborn every day.
Top reviews from other countries
This year I've been trying to read books from a more diverse list of authors - non-European/non-White, queer, disabled, etc. - and Nnedi Okorafor was recommended to me more than once. I can see why now. I really enjoyed reading this book; it's a different perspective; I've learned new things about African tribal cultures; and it covers themes like belonging, tradition and identity. It's also incredibly refreshing to read a science-fiction book with a protagonist steeped in a completely different cultural tradition. Finished it yesterday; two more books of the same author are already on the way.
Reviewed in Canada on August 21, 2020