In One Word

In One Word: Binti – Home by Nnedi Okorafor

  • Published in 2017 by Tor.com
  • Format: Physical Book
  • Reading time: 2 interesting days

Intricate

• I’m a bit disoriented diving in after reading Binti such a long time ago. There’s not much of a recap and we’re just thrown back into the action.

• Now, one thing is plain – change is slow. Even after a year, it’s hard to accept once-enemies as friends. Even authority figures can’t set a good example and Binti, yet again, has to stop a full-blown war breaking out and we’re not even a quarter of the way in. It doesn’t help that Binti is still suffering from the trauma of the last book’s events.

• Terrific world building once the reader acclimatises to the world. The difference between Oomza Uni and Binti’s home town are incredible and they never over-exaggerate anything.

• Really need to come clean: I’m not a big fan of maths and science. I know, it sounds weird coming from a sci-fi fan. It means that I’m getting completely lost in all the scientific and mathematical explanation. Still, the characters and the story are the things that stop me giving up on it.

• It’s a good choice from the author to make Binti so family-orientated. It’s clear that none of her decisions are made out of teenage rebellion and because it’s what she is supposed to do. She feels incredibly guilty about disobeying her family and disappointing her society’s expectations but she’s only following her heart and her skills. It also makes her sister and her other naysayers look like the petty ones, not her, and it’s very hard to take their side in this argument. Usually, it’s the other way round.

• Cute scene with Okwu. It’s about time it seemed more, well, human’s the wrong word…but it does seem a lot more likeable now.

• Agonising truth to face – Binti has changed too much to slot back into her family and her home community. She can try as hard as she can to follow traditions and wish to come home as much as she wants but it’s plain that she’s overgrown it. Growing up and growing out of things is painful and Binti really feels it but it’s very clear that she can’t have it both ways.

• Terrifying and beautiful initiation ceremony. I didn’t really follow it but the whole Desert People civilisation is fascinating. There is a very fine line between magic and science in these scenes. Just change the names and genres shift completely.

• Excellent lead up to the next book. And, this time, I’m moving on to the next book now.

Goodreads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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