Binti (Binti #1)
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 gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.
- The writing: Nnedi’s writing style was so captivating and I was immediately was pulled into the world!
- Binti: Binti is from the Himba people (inspired by Himba tribe in Namibia) where she is different from all the other people heading to the university. She wears a red clay in her plaited hair and on her skin. Some people stare at her and even make rude comments but I love how Binti responds to dealing with people who don’t understand her ways. Her culture is so much part of who she is and it explores that in the book. Binti also is super smart, kind, brave and so many more things. I loved her!
- The Story: Binti is actually a novella, which I didn’t realize when I bought it (95 pages) but it’s better than many other 300 page books I’ve read. It’s such a great story of the adventure she takes on the spaceship heading to the university and the threats and dangers ensue.
- Makes you think: This book had such a punch to it. It makes you think about so many issues and really is deep in such a beautiful and wonderful way.
I’d love to listen to this again by the audiobook! Check out the sample!
Binti Home (book 2) releases on January 31st and I am very excited!
Binti is a wonderful science fiction book full of wonder, culture, self discovery, adventure and so much more! I highly recommend picking up a copy!