BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Narrator: Robin Miles
Length: 2 hours 30 minutes
Publication Date: 22nd September 2015
“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.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’d heard some great things about this book and when I saw it at the library I had to pick it up. As it’s only 90 odd pages long I thought it would be a quick read but unfortunately it was. The two main reasons for this was because one I just didn’t get the time to sit down and read it and the second reason and the really reason was because I struggled with reading the physical copy. In the end I ended up listening to audio book on Scribd to help me through it.
I found the start of this short book really interesting and was enjoying reading about Binti’s cultural heritage and traditions the most. They were compelling and they were well developed but then as the story progressed everything went downhill. For me there wasn’t enough world building and honestly the whole thing felt a little all over the place and rushed.
I did like how some important themes were explored in this book, however, once again they weren’t executed or explained enough.
On a positive note I’m so glad Robin Miles the narrator done a wonderful job with narrating this book, otherwise I would truly have given up on this on.
Overall this book just didn’t work for me and I won’t be continuing with the series. But so many people have loved it so if you have it on your radar I would say give it a go but do recommend you give the audiobook a go.
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