Review of Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okafor

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.

About the book

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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