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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (review by Amelia H. ’19)

Binti (Binti, #1)Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Binti is a teenage girl traveling to a university called Oomza Uni on another planet, the first in history of the Himba people to be admitted. On the way there, her ship is attacked by the Meduse, an alien race with a vendetta against humans. Binti is short, but it packs in the same complex world-building and characters as a SciFi novel three or four times its length. The book is a little slow in introducing the main conflict, considering that the story is only ninety pages, but that is made up for by the excellence of the writing. Okorafor’s prose is eloquent and yet concise, immersing the reader in the story. A quick read that will inspire thought long after the last page is turned. – Amelia H. ’19

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The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor (review by Monica K. ’14)

The Shadow SpeakerThe Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Born after the Great Change, fourteen year old Ejii has had to deal with complex family issues, her erratic shadow speaker powers, and the mistrust of other West African villagers all her life. Now, in order to control her emerging powers she must travel into the desert, where she will encounter strange and mystical creatures in her journey of self-discovery. In The Shadow Speaker, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu creates a wonderfully rich world while balancing Ejii’s personal growth and overarching social commentary. This book features a strong, likable female lead as well as interesting cultural elements Highly recommended to anyone in the mood for a refreshing yet layered read. – Monica K. ‘14

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