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)
  • Buy Me: Amazon
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