- Series: Binti (Book 1)
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Tor.com; 1 edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765385252
- ISBN-13: 978-0765385253
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 736 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,592 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.
I don't think it's possible for Nnedi Okorafor to write anything that I (and the rest of the world) don't absolutely love. Her storytelling ability and imagination are just excellent. Binti is no exception. Almost from the first sentence, I was drawn into her world and her character. Even though her time, culture, and experiences are firmly science fiction, they not foreign.
Binti is a young girl who has been handed her life's dream: to study math at the galaxy's premier university. But she is from a marginalized people who do not stray from home. Her people stay, they do as their people have always done, and they do not question it—especially if they are a woman. But Binti is unbelievably talented, and the university has given her a full scholarship if she will only make her way there. So she shocks her entire people and leaves while they are asleep, shunning herself and severing ties to her culture in one fell swoop.
"If I couldn’t make otjize here, then I’d have to . . . change."
During her journey (on a spaceship built within a giant, living creature), they are attacked by a species that has long been at war with the race of people who hold the status and power on Earth. They would kill her, but she has a mysterious and ancient piece of technology that stands in their way. She must be strong enough to survive the journey and then save many lives—both friend and "foe"—when the ship arrives at the university's planet.
"Okwu was young, like me. And maybe that’s why it was so eager to die and prove itself to the others and that’s why the others were fine with it."
This story is a novella, and it goes quick, but there is so, so much packed into it. So much about identity, culture, power, prejudice, belonging. I loved how she referred to multiple beings as "people" no matter their species, although I also noticed that individuals were always "it," and never "he" or "she." I loved the way Binti's battle within herself to both align with and differentiate herself from her people brought out so much about her character. I loved how much I learned from her about the experiences of people who are less privileged than I am. I loved her strength, her intelligence, and her powerful femininity.