Binti by Nnedi OkoraforBinti by Nnedi Okorafor


byNnedi Okorafor

Paperback | September 22, 2015

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"Prepare to fall in love with Binti." -Neil Gaiman

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

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 Binti Series
Book 1: Binti
Book 2: Binti: Home
Book 3: Binti: The Night Masquerade


"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" - Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper

Nnedi Okorafor, born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. Her science fiction novella Binti won both Hugo and Nebula awards, her children's book Long Juju Man won the Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa, and her adult novel Who Fears Death was a T...
Title:BintiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.06 × 5.1 × 0.29 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765385252

ISBN - 13:9780765385253

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but overhyped! I don't really understand the hyped over that book. Its not a bad one, but just not has great has the reviews made me think it was. There is a strong diversity/acceptance in therm of races/species behind the story which is good and the universe is great, well made, original and immersive for a short story. All great point so far. The problem for me was that the story in itself was a bit boring. It's kind of slow and there not much happening in term of action. It made me think about the Metamorphosis by Kafka in some ways and with a scyfy touch to it. It hard to explain and the more I try the more I look terrible doing it, so I will try to closed this review soon... But it feel to slow to me, too much thing left unexplained, maybe too ambitious for a really short story, I'm not sure, but there is something that didn't please me. Good and bad in this one!
Date published: 2018-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! It's short but a wonderful start to the series. I was on the edge of my seat, never quite sure where the story was headed but absolutely committed to seeing it through! Very good!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful While not a descriptive masterpiece, Okorafor's writing is very reminiscent of spoken storytelling and is comforting to read even during the highest tension points. I don't know whether it was intentional, but there are moments when the narration seems to be hinting at outcomes that don't actually come to pass and made it difficult to put down. The story touches on popular social issues from time to time, but rather than fixate on those topics they're brought up only long enough to understand the challenges and anxieties Binti faces, making her and the story sympathetic and relatable instead of preachy. While some holes can be poked and some questions are left unanswered, the story is satisfying in content and the overall feeling of hope.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning This is how you write science fiction, everyone should read this.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic I really enjoyed this novella and was surprised by the depth of such a short book. The combination of primarily math-based science fiction & Himba culture was fascinating and unique (within my reading experience, at least) and I enjoyed that, even though it was complex, I was never lost while reading. Nnedi Okorafor's writing style is fantastic and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series as well as some of her other novels.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A short & very entertaining read. Its quick but its worth it. Cant wait for read #2.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Could not put this down; the story goes by so quickly but wonderfully, beautifully, with both action and insight. A must read.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really engaging! The story is very unique, and really catches you. I really think that a longer version if this book would absolutely kill it.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical This is a beautiful scifi novella - trust me, just read it. It's like a really delicious, intelligent story snack. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Award winning novella This novella went in a direction that I wasn't expecting but it was still entertaining. One of the things that drew me to this novella was the striking cover. I loved the orange face paint. And it was great to see the importance (both to the plot and character development) of that within the story. The author has said she has another Binti story coming in the future. I'm certainly interested in seeing in what comes next for her.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I don't usually read novellas, but I this one blew me out of the water. It was beautifully written, and the story was really interesting, I can't wait for the second one to come out!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I found this to be a well written, interesting variation on a classic science fiction tale. Bright young prodigy is accepted to elite interstellar institution, gets on space ship to travel there, shenanigans ensue. This is a classic, old school SF tale. But Ms. Okorafor breathes new life into it, and turns it on it's head. It is both entertaining, and thought provoking at the same time. Quality adventure, but with examinations of things like race, class and colonialism . Award worthy in my opinion.
Date published: 2015-10-08

Editorial Reviews

"Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. Prepare to fall in love with Binti." -Neil Gaiman, New York Times bestselling author of American Gods

"Binti is utterly captivating... [and] shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy." -Michaela Gray, Geek Syndicate