The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

Synopsis

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

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.

Review

The third and final installment in the series! This installment showed such vivid creativity and wonderful world building in a brilliant conclusion! I have to say i am deeply in love with this world by now. I’m sad to see it end and would love to see more or maybe a spin off in this wold setting.

In this installment I feel like we finally see Binti find her own voice and truly become who she is meant to be both spiritually and as a person. The prose of this writer keeps me hooked. The story grows more and more imaginative and the world builds upon itself in each installment.

Binti’s friendship has grown and you see how much more relateable she becomes. She finally accepts her power and realizes who is she is without letting it change her or make her into some conceited. You see how culture is expanded and how each one differs and what it means to be apart of that one you belong to. I love seeing how you can fight for a cause and stand up to the adversity without being violent. Kind of reminds me of a sci-fi Harry Potter in its elements like that. 5/5 stars from me.

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (January 16, 2018)
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Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Myopic, narcissistic, hilariously self-deluded and divorced from the real world as most of us know it, hedge fund manager Barry Cohen oversees $2.4 billion in assets. Deeply stressed by an SEC investigation and by his 3 year-old-son’s diagnosis of autism, he flees New York on a Greyhound bus in search of a simpler, more romantic life with his old college sweetheart, whom he hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. Meanwhile, reeling from the fight that caused Barry’s departure, his super-smart wife Seema, a driven first-generation American who craved a picture-perfect life with all the accoutrements of a huge bank account, has her own demons to face. How these two imperfect characters navigate the Shteyngartian chaos of their own making is the heart of this biting, brilliant, emotionally resonant novel very much of our times.

Review

Lake  success was interesting…… I haven’t read much of Shteyngartian before just bits and piece here and there. This book was different in style of what I have read before. I feel that maybe the humor that was in this novel was more political based and there were small pointers to the Trump era race. There was beautiful structure to how this novel was written. It did flow smoothly and the author is a highly intelligent person. While I normally don’t read these type (political) novels, I was still intrigued. You can tell the author blended his sense of writing in with small hidden clues within this novel to mask or hide his views on the current race while leaving it simple enough to pick up on. Overall, I would give this novel 4 stars for its diverse structure. I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Random House

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

How do you stop a murder that’s already happened?

At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

Review

WOW!!!!!! Just wow……. I cant even…. This book still has my jaw dropped. It was that good. I really didn’t even see a fraction of the twists and turns. This book kept my full attention as each character was introduced, with you never really knowing each one’s motives until its too late, and the mask has “slipped off” so to speak.

The plot to this book contained far more than what the synopsis ever could dare to describe. The sharpness and fluidity of the author strikes something that can not be erased. The development of each character was beautiful and flawless and will leave you reeling.

This book took me far out of my comfort zone , leading me on a path of a downward spiral, staying up reading till almost four am. This book was a mixture of the classic game of clue, mixed with the twists and turns of some most loved murder mystery classics!

A definite 5 star book in my opinion. I received this e-ARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 512 pages
Published September 4, 2018 by SourceBooks

Adrift: A True Story of Tragedy on the Icy Atlantic and the One Who Lived to Tell about It by Brian Murphy review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

The small ship making the Liverpool-to-New York trip in the early months of 1856 carried mail, crates of dry goods, and more than one hundred passengers, mostly Irish emigrants. Suddenly an iceberg tore the ship asunder and five lifeboats were lowered. As four lifeboats drifted into the fog and icy water, never to be heard from again, the last boat wrenched away from the sinking ship with a few blankets, some water and biscuits, and thirteen souls. Only one would survive. This is his story.

As they started their nine days adrift more than four hundred miles off Newfoundland, the castaways–an Irish couple and their two boys, an English woman and her daughter, newlyweds from Ireland, and several crewmen, including Thomas W. Nye from Bedford, Massachusetts–began fighting over food and water. One by one, though, day by day, they died. Some from exposure, others from madness and panic. In the end, only Nye and his journal survived.

Using Nye’s journal and his later newspaper accounts, ship’s logs, assorted diaries, and family archives, Brian Murphy chronicles the horrific nine days that thirteen people suffered adrift on the cold gray Atlantic sea. In the tradition of bestsellers such as Into Thin Air and In the Heart of the Sea, Adrift brings readers to the edge of human limits, where every frantic decision and every desperate act is a potential life saver or life taker.

Review

This non-fiction book was wonderfully written. The history through out this novel is spun almost like a work of fiction. I really enjoyed the authors tone of writing. It was fabulously done. The author did a great job of showing the Victorian era compared to the current era in which we live. The whole learning experience was well done in a way that wasn’t boring or felt like it just rattled on. I stayed intrigued on the subject matter and actually ended up researching it after i finished reading this. The only small complaint i had was that it felt like it strayed a bit at times, however it wasn’t bad enough to where i had to sit the book down or skim read. Overall 4 stars!

I received an e-Arc from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: September 4th 2018 by Da Capo Press

Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

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Synopsis

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 abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.

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?

Review

Can one ever really return home? This is the question I feel pushes the story along in book two. We see Binti finally returning home to follow the other  Himba women into the desert in a ritual that Binti hopes will have her cleansed of all the anger she holds. Upon returning home she does not get the welcome she expects and is often finding herself once again almost of an outcast in her own way.

Binti is torn between being her true self and conforming to a group identity for the love she desires. The Himba race is one that is close knit and seeks achievement as a group versus as ones individualized self. This reoccurring theme is a good one in its own sight as it does ring truth of us as human beings. Do we conform and do whats easy for the rest of society or be ourselves and risk rejection?

This short novel is one i again enjoyed and am looking forward to the third installment! I feel the shorter length is perfect for the book and works well! The writing is beautifully poetic and I am hooked! 5/5 stars.

 

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (January 31, 2017)
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Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy #2) by Ruthanna Emrys book review

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Synopsis

Aphra Marsh, descendant of the People of the Water, has survived Deep One internment camps and made a grudging peace with the government that destroyed her home and exterminated her people on land. Aphra’s journey to rebuild her life and family on land, as she tracks down long-lost relatives on land. She must repopulate Innsmouth or risk seeing it torn down by greedy developers, but as she searches she discovers that people have been going missing. She will have to unravel the mystery or risk seeing her way of life slip away.

Review

Fans of Lovecraft are sure to fall in love with this novel! While being the second book in the series, and me not having read the first, this book stood just fine on its own and nothing felt lost to me. The writing drew me in immediately and I could almost hear the characters voice ring in my head and the sound effects surrounding them. From page one I could not put it down! This quickly became a “one-click” read for me.

While this does ring reminiscent of Lovecraft’s works there are vast differences. The author has her own unique voice in his world. This book shines out and gives us a new age feel to these books we grew up with and loved so dearly. This wonderfully written cast shows us the more “human” side of things and what is to be on a deeper level wrapped around a much larger universe and what our scale is upon it.

Lovecraft once wrote a novel called The Shadow Over Innsmouth and now in this novel Deep Roots, Emry’s gives a world built upon that and how Aphra must rebuild what has been destroyed and try to stop developers from taking away everything for their own selfish gains. ideally in this novel we see how what looks monstrous on the outside is not quite as monstrous inside. That maybe as humans we are much more monstrous than the mythos would make us to believe. I feel that allegorically this novel is intended on some small sub level to so just that.

This novel to me is definitely character driven as it dwells heavily upon our actions and personality. I know some said this book relies heavily on plot and while that may be so, i see this having full effect from characters and their own motivations. I definitely need to read book one to this novel! I can’t wait! 5 stars from me and now an avid fan of Ruthanna Emrys.

 

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (July 10, 2018)
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Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor book review

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Synopsis

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 gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Review

This wonderful little novel was really well done! For something less than 100 pages i was blown away at how poetic the writing was. The world was so beautifully constructed! The Himba’s (Binti’s tribe) area deeply spirtual one. They all feel one with the land on which they live. The Himba’s wear the clay of the land on their face and hair (see cover) as a way of being connected to it.

The tribe is content with where they are and have no desire to leave. Except for Binti, where the chance to go to Oomza University comes available she decides to go. This story while being sci-fi focuses more on Binti as a character and her actions. We see how she perceives the world around her and how she navigates through it.

I really feel that this is intended for a younger audience with the way it is written, while being exceptional the science end of it was not as heavy, HOWEVER that does not take away from the fact i immensely enjoyed and did not want to put it down. I loved how she finds her sense of belonging and trying to fit in when she is an outcast and the only one of her kind. I think there’s a mini lesson in that in this book, and that’s what makes a book so great is those books with hidden and underlying messages. 5 stars from me.

 

  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (September 22, 2015)
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