Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication Date: 2015
From the publisher:
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.
This little 90 page novella is a whole lot of story.
One of the folks in my LibraryThing group mentioned this and since I hadn’t read much science fiction in a while I decided to give it a try. You should get your hands on this and read it.
It begins in Africa where Binti is the first of her people to go the University across the galaxy. The trip becomes a harrowing adventure for her but I’m not going to say anything else about the plot beyond what is in the synopsis above because it would be spoilerish.
I discovered that the author has written two more novellas in this series. The second is available but the third won’t be out until January.
Grab this book and the next for your next readathon.