Binti

Binti

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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?
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0765393115 (paperback)
9780765393111 (paperback)
Branch Call Number: S OKORAFOR
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Home

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CMLibrary_akeller Jan 03, 2018

So much is packed into such a short book. A year has passed since the events from the first book and she is suffering from PTSD. She decides to go home for a little while to go on a pilgrimage and see her family again, only she isn't the same person she was when she left. She also takes Okwu with her. This book is all about finding out who she is and who she wants to be and what she is willing to sacrifice. It is also about family and acceptance and belonging. I do wish it could have been longer, but at the same time, I kind of think its length is one of its strong suits. It's beautifully written and I can't wait until the next book comes out.

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lostintheshelves
May 17, 2017

This is a solid sequel to Okorafor's novelette Binti, which deepens the ideas and themes of the first book in ways that make perfect sense, given that the heroine is now an adolescent rather than a child. The story sees Binti returning home to her beloved but provincial Himba people and grappling with how she has changed and grown distant from her family--and with the fact that some of the ideas they gave her, especially her internalized shame about her dark-skinned desert-dwelling ancestors, are wrong and unhelpful. There's a wonderful twist on first contact stories that I won't spoil here. But do read (or re-read) the first book immediately before this one, and know that it ends on a cliffhanger designed for a further sequel.

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shayshortt
Feb 28, 2017

Although Nnedi Okorafor begins Home with a fight, for the most part, it is a quieter affair than the first Binti novella, focusing on interpersonal relationships, including social and familial constructs and traditions. The character and world-building in Home may be stronger than the action, but the pace picks up in the last five percent of the book, heading towards a cliff-hanger ending that promises a more eventful third installment in the Binti series.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/02/28/binti-home/

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Feb 28, 2017

Having succeeded in negotiating a tentative peace between the Meduse and Oomza Uni after the attack on the Third Fish transport, Binti and Okwu have settled in as students on the university planet. Binti is supposed to be a master harmonizer, but ever since the attack, she has been experiencing violent mood swings, feeling almost uncontrollable flashes of anger that have convinced her she is unclean. To purge herself, Binti decides it is time to travel home, and make the traditional Himba women’s pilgrimage. But returning to Earth will mean making her first space trip since the attack, and facing up to the consequences of defying tradition when she chose to leave her family behind to attend university.

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Feb 28, 2017

Tribal hatred lived, even in Oomza Uni. And today that hatred, after simmering for a year, was coming to a head.

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