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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
Characteristics: 90 pages ; 21 cm


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I read the first book in this trilogy in a single sitting. It's an incredibly compelling story about being far away from home and trying to hold on to your identity.

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JCLRachelN May 05, 2020

Even if you may not be able to relate to traveling from one planet to another, many may recognize Binti’s courage in moving so far from everything she knows and grappling with changes in herself. All while under extreme pressure that I did not see coming. This novella works on its own but I’ll be picking up the next two stories to see what is happening in Binti’s life.

Apr 03, 2020

I still have no idea what the Meduse are supposed to look like and I feel like everything happened way too fast. Still, this was an enjoyable and quick read and I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the series.

Jan 28, 2020

Okorafor's series of short novels creates an extraterrestrial culture that feels steeped in tradition. The story is an allegory for the treatment of outsiders, racial and cultural differences, and the unique contribution that an indigenous culture makes to matters of war and peace. The title character is well-developed and compelling, immersing us in a fascinating culture. Three short novels make up this Afrofuturist series.

Jan 17, 2020

Drops you into a deeply speculative sci-fi future of our universe, which both helps in some ways (allowing you to discover these interesting cultures/alien races in the moment with little exhaustive exposition) and detracts in others (sometimes felt left in the dark with regard to what things were, how a scene looked, and what the mood of the scene was). I don't want to spoil anything, but one particular event's aftermath felt totally wrong, and I could not understand the cause-and-effect that led to the novella's ending. Binti is a strong protagonist and I enjoyed her relationship with Okwu. Despite some large narrative flaws in this novella, I am excited for future Binti stories and the world is interesting.

Nov 24, 2019

I adored Binti's tenacity and inventive nature, as well as the description of the otjize - I so badly want to know what it smells like! I'm so excited to read Home when it becomes available!

Nov 01, 2019

Binti is the best kind of scifi. An exploration of who we are and what defines us. A really great series.

Oct 29, 2019

Such a cool story. I love short sci-fi books that just take risks.

JCLLizW Sep 30, 2019

This Hugo Award-winning novella is an extremely quick read. I wish we got to know some of the characters and settings more, but it was also refreshing to read a story that doesn't overload you with information or waste time on unnecessary scenes.

Aug 15, 2019

Actually a novella, not a novel, this book packs a lot into its pages. You get a continuation of the universe of strange and divergent alien cultures, and the author expands on that in this continuation of the travels of Binti. At times a fable, at times a myth, and sometimes feeling like a mystical dream, a new culture is revealed in the desert land of Earth, Binti's homeworld. I admire this author's writing style and her vivid imagination. Since this ends in a cliff hanger, I look forward to reading the third novella in the series.

Jul 15, 2019

Excellent! Easy, fast read which is the downside because I want more! 5 stars all the way *****

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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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