Binti

Binti

Paperback - 2015
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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 the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself--but first she has to make it there, alive."--
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, [2015]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780765385253
0765385252
Branch Call Number: Okorafor, N
OKORAFOR N
Characteristics: 90 pages ; 21 cm

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JCLGreggW Oct 16, 2017

In this entrancing novella we meet Binti the first of her people to leave for university a galaxy away. During her voyage, her ship is attacked by an alien race, and Binti needs calm, mathematics, and a bit of luck to heal a rift between two races. Altogether different than most other sci-fi.

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susan_findlay
Aug 13, 2017

Interesting and different. Very short. Almost more of a short story than a novel. (I think it's technically a "novella".) Combines science fiction and cultural relationships in a way that I haven't seen done before. Because of the length, there are a few things left hanging that I'd have loved to see addressed - mostly relating to the history between humans and the Meduse.

Highly recommend.

JCLJoshN May 09, 2017

Gorgeous, intriguing, highly-imaginative SF. Weird in all the best ways. Absolutely stunning. I'm very excited to read the next volume.

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LucasHill
Apr 22, 2017

Too peculiar to really be enjoyable.

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spiderfelt_0
Feb 18, 2017

There are so many reasons to love this book: math used to harmonize racial hatred, recognition of other's values which leads to reconciliation, external physiological difference prove immaterial to understanding and ultimately friendship all told in a short coming of age story that begins in Africa and ends in a galaxy far, far away.

I recommend reading Binti and Home back to back as there are so many questions answered in the second book. The frustration I felt at the end of Binti dissolved as soon as I got into the groove of Home. It all makes sense.

This is one more example of a genre-defying book. While part of the story does involve space travel, that isn't the crux of the story. Anyone who dismisses this book because it is categorized as science fiction is missing out on the most imaginative writing I've come across in recent memory.

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blatz911
Dec 23, 2016

The world-building in this novella is done so well that you get a sense of place in a short time.

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cottageunderh
Nov 12, 2016

AMAZING! Kinda see why it won an award too. The writing is awesome and the story is amazing. I loved the science-fiction planetary world building meshed with the tribal aspects of a peoples who are not really technological versus the rest of the universe that is. And it is a great coming of age story wrapped around Binti. Cannot wait for more...

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Squid_1
Oct 19, 2016

It was good. I enjoyed it.

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bkevin
Oct 04, 2016

grossly over-hyped. A few "sci-fi" plot elements randomly grafted on whenever the author thought of it (not very often). I hesitate to even call it sci-fi At least it was short.

PimaLib_MaryG Sep 11, 2016

Wow! I couldn't put this book down. Speculative fiction, afrofuturism, top-notch storytelling. Binti leaves home to attend the universe's best college on a far-away planet. What happens on the way there transforms both Binti and the universe forever.

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