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)
  • Buy Me: Amazon
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