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Binti by [Okorafor, Nnedi]
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"Prepare to fall in love with Binti." —Neil Gaiman

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

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.

PRAISE FOR BINTI

"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" — Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Tor.com (22 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y7RWXHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a very special Sci-Fi story, with a brilliant and brave, young female hero, who is still easy to admire and identify with.The only negative aspect is the story's brevity. I would really enjoy more stories of Binti's life, many more!
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I wanted this book to be much longer. I was so engrossed the ending took me by surprise. I keenly await the next instalment.
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I read this based on the other reviews on Amazon and I was so pleased I did. Intriguing and original, loved it.
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Really enjoyed it. Eagerly awaiting more stories from Nnedi.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure anything I write can do this beautiful story justice 26 September 2015
By Aura - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not sure anything I write can do this beautiful story justice. A young woman from a marginalized and persecuted human tribe, pursues her dreams and accepts her admittance to the premiere University in the Galaxy. As a professor, a story of a student who gives up everything to learn, who has to confront how that journey transforms and changes her and separates her from her people brings me to tears. This tale is a beautiful and gentle reminder to listen with compassion, a reminder that as we demand our students conform to academia's expectations we demand they leave pieces of themselves behind as they make their personal journey.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating read 7 October 2015
By Maria Haskins - Published on Amazon.com
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Nnedi Okorafor’s science fiction novella Binti is a suspenseful and exhilarating read that plunges you headlong into a future world where space ships are living creatures, and humanity is just one of many space-faring civilizations. It also plunges you into the mind and life of Binti, a Himba girl, raised in the African desert, who has a singular talent for advanced mathematics. Among her own people, Binti’s talents make her a masterful harmonizer and maker of astrolabes (computer-like devices that are a specialty among the Himba). But her talents have also won her a place at the famous Oomza University, located somewhere far away from Earth.

Binti desperately wants to go to Oomza Uni. However, few Himba ever leave home, and when she steps on-board the spaceship that will take her to university (without telling anyone in her family what she is about to do) it is a momentous decision. Her trip takes a violent turn when the ship is attacked, and Binti's struggle to survive – and the transformation it eventually leads to – makes for a thought-provoking and engrossing read. Okorafor skillfully immerses the reader in her future-verse, never explaining more than necessary, but giving you just enough to create a captivating and tantalizing world. She also expertly twists and skews the usual “alien vs. human” scenario, making for an unpredictable, complex and satisfying storyline.

Binti is a fantastic read, and while it’s the first book by Okorafor I’ve ever read, it definitely won’t be the last.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original take on classic Sci Fi 2 January 2017
By JZS - Published on Amazon.com
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Like most sci fi/fantasy fans, I had heard a lot about “Binti” both from the Hugo/Nebula awards and from best science fiction of 2015 lists. However, I always seem to be behind the times and didn’t pick it up until the end of 2016 (yea Christmas gift card!) Spoiler alert: It deserves all of the honors it received

Man, this is great classic hard sci fi. With an engaging hero(ine) & alien action like Scalzi and Heinlein as well as complex cultures like Leckie and Chalker, the word “classic” is merited. But the most striking thing is also completely original- Binti herself. To a Western reader, her desert culture is as alien as that of those from a different planet but she is very human and connects at our most human level.

Like most novellas, I don’t feel the need to read this again which my criteria for five stars, but close. I’ve already pre-ordered the next in series and I’m very much looking forward to it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 16 April 2017
By Alexis☺ - Published on Amazon.com
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Okorafor's Binti allows readers a chance to relax into scifi's wonderful worlds of "What if?" without haviing to constantly translate and ignore hostile cross-cultural assumptions and metaphors. It feels wonderful, as a reader, to be able to trust an author, suspend disbelief and be able to say, "Yes! That is just what such an experience feels like! Now, where does it lead, and what does it mean?" without remaining braced for stereotyping, misrepresentation, and the culturally-ingrained literary gut-punches that ethnic minority bibliophiles have to learn to live with. Though Binti's experiences are inspired by continental African and Arab peoples and places, they are strongly reminiscent of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis (now Lilith's Brood) series: breaking away from home and tradition because someone must venture out, to give everyone else a better chance to survive. And then facing the terror, the isolation, and the possibilities alone. A beautiful work that I cannot help but hope will open doors for more non-immigrant African American fantasy and SciFi authors, in time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy I found this 12 March 2017
By Sarah B - Published on Amazon.com
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It's been so long since I've read YA. This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a teen, and thoroughly enjoyed as an adult. Okarafor covered all the bases: incredibly imaginative and unique universe, excellent writing, intriguing conflict, and compelling protagonist. And, of course, the most impactful conflicts for the narrator serve also as critiques of racism and explorations of otherness-- how a girl can create an identity for herself that straddles both the traditional and the new.

Some novellas feel as if the author was too tired to write a novel, but this first introductory episode to Binti was the perfect length. Of course, I would have loved if the book were longer, if it had continued past the initial dramatic conflict and into new conflicts in Binti's new life at the university, but I'll happily read the next book for that.