BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor – review

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

BINTI
by NNEDI OKORAFOR
Series: Binti (#1)
Published
: September 22nd 2015 by Tor.com
Genre: science fiction
Pages: 96p
Source: purchased for Kindle
Rating: ★★★★☆

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.

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Binti is such an interesting, complex character that I’m a little surprised. In my experience with novellas and short stories, I don’t tend to connect with the characters much as they often seem more like a vessel to serve the plot than fully realized people. Thankfully, this was lightyears away from my experience with this novella!

Even more exciting is that Binti is a badass through the sheer strength (and vulnerability) of her character, not by going around and stabbing everyone. I appreciate that in a heroine. Murder and violence has its place, but it was refreshing to have a female protagonist that’s peaceful.

I was left wanting more, and wishing it was longer. I would’ve appreciated a little more detail to some scenes, like the one in the dining hall. Being a bit of a sci-fi newbie, some of the tech I didn’t understand at first – and some of it I’m still not certain if I’m meant to know exactly what’s going on or not. Nevertheless, Binti and her world were very intriguing. I trust her.

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5 thoughts on “BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor – review

  1. I also find it hard to connect with characters in novellas, so that’s interesting and awesome that Binti turned out to be such a complex character! And that’s even better that she was a badass because of her inner strength and who she was rather than because she could fight. Great review!

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  3. This is completely new to me. It sounds great! I love a good strong and complex heroine. Thanks for putting this on my radar.

    Thanks for linking up with Saturday Situation!

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