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Binti Paperback – September 22, 2015
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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 was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is an associate professor of creative writing, currently teaching at the University at Buffalo. Her first novel written for the adult market, Who Fears Death, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She has been the winner of many more awards for her short stories and young adult books, including the Wole Soyinka Africa Prize for Literature, the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa, the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, the Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature, the Margin: Exploring Modern Magical Realism Short Story Contest, and the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award for Nonfiction. She has also been a finalist for the Essence Magazine Literary Award, Tiptree Award, a British Science Fiction Association Award (Best Novel) and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She was also a nominee for the NAACP Imagine Award, among others. Nnedi's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips there. Nnedi lives in Illinois with her daughter Anyaugo and family.
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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.
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This is sci-fi at it’s best, IMO. It is described as a coming of age story, and for the most part that is a turn-off for me.Read more