Homer's Travels: Book: Nnedi Okorafor's "Binti: The Complete Trilogy"

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Book: Nnedi Okorafor's "Binti: The Complete Trilogy"

While I have read books from non-American/European writers, it is rare.  This is a shortcoming on my part.  It seems that most of the books I've read are by white English speaking males with a smattering of white English speaking women.  So when looking at a book to read next I chose a book - a trilogy of novellas actually - written by Nnedi Okorafor, a Nigerian-American who specializes in Africanfuturism.

"Binti: The complete Trilogy" is a collection of four novellas (the trilogy plus a bonus story) that follows a young African girl who travels offworld to go to a prestigious university.  Along the way the ship she is travelling on is attacked by an alien race that has been warring with Earth for a long time.  How she negotiates peace and how her life changes spans all four of the novellas.

I wish the book's world was fleshed out more.  I wish the book explored Binti and her culture in greater depth.  At times I was confused by words or concepts that I had only a glancing perspective of.  This is probably more of a personal shortcoming than an omission by the author.

I gave this three stars out of five on Goodreads.  I almost gave it four but I was a bit disappointed on how nothing really changed over the course of the book.  Nothing was truly resolved and I felt like it didn't know where it was trying to go.

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