#Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Title: Binti
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher: Tor
Page Count: In mine 54 pages
Release Day: September 22, 2015 (or what’s posted on Amazon)
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: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 Review:

I was worried about starting this. Would this have an end? Or, would it be similar to Hello, Moto and not have a proper ending?

This is the cutest dedication I’ve read in awhile. The story becomes alive and flows the moment you step into it.

It has just enough outsider feel but still familiar enough. Love the use of tech and biological for space travel. The use of mathematics as a comfort almost religion like was different for me.

There is a religion of some sort and isn’t math.

Suddenness of events is only expected because this is a novella. But it is written well enough and doesn’t cause whiplash due to changing scenes/ situations.

I was only a bit confused with Meduse and what they did to change her to be help with their mission.

I don’t want to say a whole lot because this is REALLY short so I feel guilty getting into spoilers. 


If you like science fiction.. especially, afrofuturistism this is definitely a recommendation. But even if science fiction isn’t your thing it is easy to digest and get into the story.

Have you read Binti? Did you enjoy it? Have you read anything else by Nnedi Okorafor?

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