Review of Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

This short read introduced me to the first science fiction (SF) book. This wasn’t a bad experience considering I wasn’t expecting much from it. Binti is a story about a lady from a minority tribe who has been accepted to a prestigious university- Oomza University, to study mathematics on scholarship. The community is one that has a deep-rooted culture and not keen on interacting and mixing with other tribes. Binti’s family is against her decision to accept the scholarship. However, she decides to go despite this.

The plot develops in an interesting way. It blends between horror, thriller and science fiction. I liked the author’s originality in making a science fiction book set in Africa with a heavy aspect of African culture included. Science Fiction is a genre that I rarely pursue. This book was an interesting read for me that made for a good read and I am keen to explore the other novellas in this series. This was a refreshing break from regular genres.


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