Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in 2018, 4 stars, Book Review, Nnedi Okorafor, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi OkoraforBinti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 101
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse.

Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her.

Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene—though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives–and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

My Thoughts:
This is the final book in a trilogy of novellas. The story is a fascinating blend of science fiction and coming of age story.

This one picks up right after the events of the second book. I can’t really say a whole lot without giving away too much so I won’t.

This was a satisfying and sometimes surprising ending to Binti’s story. Although I don’t read a lot of science fiction this trilogy was a hit for me. I think that it’s partly because this is totally different than anything I’ve read. Nnedi Okorafor has a fabulous imagination.

If you’re looking for short but interesting books for your next readathon you should pick up this series. Now that all three are available you can really read them straight through.

4 starsRating 4/5

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Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018 in 2018, 4 stars, Book Review, Nnedi Okorafor | 2 comments

Binti: Home by Nnedi OkoraforBinti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: eBook
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 101
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

My Thoughts:
This is the second in a trilogy of novellas. The story is a fascinating blend of science fiction and coming of age story.

This one takes place a year after the first one in which a young girl form what is presently Namibia becomes the first of her people to go to a University across the galaxy. That was a life changing experience for Binti in ways you can’t imagine and I won’t tell you because I’m not giving away what happens in the first book. .

This one feels very much like the middle part of the story. Binti returns home She’s suffering from PTSD. She doesn’t feel like she fits anywhere and the alien friend she’s brought with her isn’t going to help the situation at all.

I’m glad I was already on the library waiting list for the final book in the series because this one ended on a cliffhanger.

If you’re looking for short but interesting books for your next readathon you should pick up this series

4 starsRating 4/5

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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in 2017, 4 stars, Book Review, Nnedi Okorafor | 2 comments

Binti by Nnedi OkoraforBinti by Nnedi Okorafor

Genre: Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 90
Source: Library

The Book:
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.

My Thoughts:
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.

4 starsRating 4/5

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