Published: January 31st 2017 by Tor.com
Genre: science fiction
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley
As may be inferred by the title, this is about Binti’s return home and expands on how her culture relates to her new life at Oomza Uni and as part-Meduse. Learning more about Binti’s home and family was probably my favorite part since there wasn’t much room for it in the first Binti novella. There was definitely more focus on the senses in Home than in Binti, and some really delightful descriptions. Home is full of beautiful imagery. On top of that, what a cover!
If it’s been a while since you read the first Binti novella, you might want to flip through it to refresh yourself before starting Home. I finished it just a few days ago and I was still a little lost for the first dozen pages since it dives straight in. That may be my fault though – I’m not overly familiar with science fiction and some of the things seem lost on me.
I’m also glad that this was longer! I felt like there was really time to explore Binti’s new circumstances and her struggle to maintain balance in her life. Home does end on a cliffhanger, which isn’t something I’m overly fond of, however it was such a satisfying read for all the other questions that are answered. I felt like it sat in a nice middle ground of answering questions while asking others. I’m interested to see how this series wraps up!
What’s your favorite sci-fi novella?