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Review – Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

June 16, 2020

About the book:

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

My thoughts:

This is book two and Binti is on her way home. She has spent the last year at Oomza Uni (on another planet) learning, growing her skills and dealing with the strange changes that have happened inside her body. She is a hero and a peace keeper, and has now decided to travel home to take part in the pilgrimage. Going home forces her to face her fears head on. Has she truly changed? Will her family accept her?

Going home means confronting where she came from and reconciling who she is now with who everyone wants her to be. Who does SHE want to be? She must understand her past to understand her future. Who is she really?

What she learns could change everything.

Brilliantly written, this series has captivated me. The sci fi elements are spectacular, as are the desert scenes. The edan Binti carries, the meduse DNA changes that have altered Binti’s body from within, the history of her family line, her current day family relationships, expectations and attitudes… There are so many elements layered into this story and are all deftly written and emotionally dramatic. The Sci fi elements are interwoven with culture, history and family in a rich tapestry of connection, friendship and discovery. Binti is on a journey to discover her true self and what she learns will change her once more. I can’t wait to start book three.

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2 Comments
  1. Gwen M. Plano permalink

    Fantastic review, Laurie. I will be following up with Amazon!

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