- Series: Binti (Book 1)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com; 1 edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780765385253
- ISBN-13: 978-0765385253
- ASIN: 0765385252
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 660 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 utterly captivating... [and] shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy.” ―Michaela Gray, Geek Syndicate
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor, born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. Her science fiction novella Binti won both Hugo and Nebula awards, her children's book Long Juju Man won the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa, and her adult novel Who Fears Death was a Tiptree Honor Book. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo.
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Binti desperately wants to go to Oomza Uni. However, few Himba ever leave home, and when she steps on-board the spaceship that will take her to university (without telling anyone in her family what she is about to do) it is a momentous decision. Her trip takes a violent turn when the ship is attacked, and Binti's struggle to survive – and the transformation it eventually leads to – makes for a thought-provoking and engrossing read. Okorafor skillfully immerses the reader in her future-verse, never explaining more than necessary, but giving you just enough to create a captivating and tantalizing world. She also expertly twists and skews the usual “alien vs. human” scenario, making for an unpredictable, complex and satisfying storyline.
Binti is a fantastic read, and while it’s the first book by Okorafor I’ve ever read, it definitely won’t be the last.
Man, this is great classic hard sci fi. With an engaging hero(ine) & alien action like Scalzi and Heinlein as well as complex cultures like Leckie and Chalker, the word “classic” is merited. But the most striking thing is also completely original- Binti herself. To a Western reader, her desert culture is as alien as that of those from a different planet but she is very human and connects at our most human level.
Like most novellas, I don’t feel the need to read this again which my criteria for five stars, but close. I’ve already pre-ordered the next in series and I’m very much looking forward to it.