Binti

Binti - Nnedi Okorafor Binti: Home - Nnedi Okorafor

The novella Binti by Nnedi Okorafor won the 2015 Nebula and 2016 Hugo Awards for Best Novella.  These honors are well deserved.  Binti is a wonderful story that in a few short pages uses the conventions of SF to explore race, cultural appropriation, and all without preaching.  I was blown away by Binti.  5 Stars

 

I wasn't nearly as impressed by the sequel Binti: Home.  I can't really pin my finger on why, but the attempt to explain the backstory of the magical "edan" from the first installment just fell a little flat for me.  In particular, I was deeply dissatisfied with the ending

Running off half-trained because her friends were in trouble a la Luke Skywalker

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3.5 stars