Binti

Binti

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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.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780765385253
0765385252
Branch Call Number: Fic Okor
Characteristics: 90 pages ; 21 cm

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JCLStefanieE Aug 20, 2018

Writer Okorafor vividly describes an interstellar community at war and fully immerses the reader in the lives of several completely unique and absolutely compelling characters in less than 100 pages. Binti is the first part of a short story trilogy and I will be recommending it to all of my friends who enjoy excellent space sagas or find international relations fascinating.

profdavis Jul 11, 2018

A young woman of the Himba people of Namibia becomes the first person from her culture to be accepted at a prestigious off-world university. The story starts as if it is going to use a Science Fiction trope as a metaphor for a woman leaving Africa to pursue an education in the West and struggling with holding on to her native culture or embracing Western culture. Instead the story takes a major turn when the ship carrying her is attacked by aliens who hate all humans. Then the narrative shifts to confronting hate with courage and compassion.

DCLadults Apr 23, 2018

Well written and a great story. The aliens were horridly bizarre and I connected with Binti’s fear. It’s my first novella, so I’m not sure how to rate it fairly. I was a little disappointed at how fast it moved through some of the more philosophical parts of the storyline, something a longer sci-fi novel would have explored more fully and is a main reason why i like sci-fi. I am looking forward to continuing on with the series.

DPLchandra Apr 06, 2018

Beautiful and wholly original start to a new sci-fi series.

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smatte
Mar 07, 2018

This is a great book to spend an afternoon with, particularly if you like tales of interplanetary travel and off-world struggle. Nnedi Okorafor is a fresh new voice in the sci-fi genre, and if she continues to spin yarns with as much imagination and cultural awareness as Binti, her works will offer entertainment and inspiration to many generations to come.

forbesrachel Feb 12, 2018

A fantastic and original sci-fi short story. Binti is a character who is caught between what she wants and what her people want. As a part of the Himba people, she knows that she should not leave home. No Himba has ever left. Part of her also doesn’t want to leave, because she loves her family, follows her people’s traditions, and holds fast to their values. However, Binti desperately wants to go out and learn, and she knows that she has a lot to offer the larger universe. This is the core struggle throughout her story, but it isn’t the only one. Many don’t understand, and while this young woman puts on a brave face, their subtle racist attitudes do bother her. As an “outsider”, this may be why she is able to listen to, and feel compassion for the misunderstood Meduse, the alien race who attacks her ship. The author is not so much concerned with explaining how everything works, so there is a bit of a fantastical element to events, but everything is so wonderfully described and unique that this is fine. Binti is so short, that there is no excuse not to pick it up, you’ll be done with it before you know it, and you’ll be wanting more.

DBRL_KatSU Jan 08, 2018

There is so much packed into these 90 pages, it's incredible! Without giving too much away, it's about a young woman who leaves home (something her people NEVER do) to study at a university on another planet. Something terrible happens on the ship (which is a sort of living being, by the way), and Binti has to figure out how to survive.

Highly recommended for fans of N.K. Jemisin.

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scribby
Oct 25, 2017

“Humans only understand violence.”

Thinly-veiled politics, a study of a culture (the Himba are a real people, though here their traditions are projected hundreds of years into the future); unexpected (and sometimes nasty) plot developments; well-written with deep characterization; and, at 90 pages, way WAY too short. This sci-fi novella should be the beginning of a much longer novel (or at the very least, an episode of Star Trek).

JCLGreggW Oct 16, 2017

In this entrancing novella we meet Binti the first of her people to leave for university a galaxy away. During her voyage, her ship is attacked by an alien race, and Binti needs calm, mathematics, and a bit of luck to heal a rift between two races. Altogether different than most other sci-fi.

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susan_findlay
Aug 13, 2017

Interesting and different. Very short. Almost more of a short story than a novel. (I think it's technically a "novella".) Combines science fiction and cultural relationships in a way that I haven't seen done before. Because of the length, there are a few things left hanging that I'd have loved to see addressed - mostly relating to the history between humans and the Meduse.

Highly recommend.

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