Review: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. (Binti #1)

Binti (Binti, #1)

Another fantastic Tor.com Novella.

Binti isn’t just the title of this SF story, it’s the name of the main character. A young highly intelligent Himba woman. From a small and relatively isolated population, Binti makes a radical and long journey from her home, to a galactically prestigious university world to study, learn and innovate.

This novella tells the story of her journey, both the physical journey out to the stars and also the journey of her self-identity along the way.

Binti is an excellent read. I made actual noises of joy when I heard the author, Nnedi Okorafor had signed a deal with Tor.com to continue the story with further stories! I eagerly await the sequel(s)!

One of those novellas I purchased and read in ebook, but loved so much I also bought the physical copy! I gave this a full 5 stars on Goodreads!

It really is that good!

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.”

~ Goodreads Description.

 

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