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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 : Tor, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765385253
Branch Call Number: FIC Okora
Characteristics: 90 p. ; 21 cm.


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Science Fiction. Award winner. Talking points: cultural identity, acceptance of others, racism, Afrofuturism; pair with Binti: Home, and Binti: The Night Masquerade.

forbesrachel Feb 12, 2018

A fantastic and original sci-fi short story. Binti is a character who is caught between what she wants and what her people want. As a part of the Himba people, she knows that she should not leave home. No Himba has ever left. Part of her also doesn’t want to leave, because she loves her family, f... Read More »

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Aug 15, 2019

Actually a novella, not a novel, this book packs a lot into its pages. You get a new universe with fantastic alien races, a new way of using math to see the world in a new light, and a rollicking adventure of young girl saves the universe. I loved the author's writing style and look forward to continuing the story as Binti grows. The plot may be a little YA, but it is a good one.

Jul 15, 2019

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

OPL_DavidD Apr 24, 2019

A thought provoking novella about a young woman who leaves home for college being caught in the middle of a conflict. A story of a compelling story of outsiders and the heroine's relationship to her own culture.

Dec 12, 2018

Okorafor's sequel flawlessly picks up where we left off, showing us that reconciliation between enemies is never impossible.

It is easy to forget that Binti is a young girl, and thus would have still face the challenges of developing an identity that other teens do. Burdened by the expectations of her new life and desire to stay true to her roots, Binti and Okwu will find new danger--and new purpose-- in Okorafor's "Home".

Dec 12, 2018

Binti is a great example for the future of diverse science fiction. Okorafor seamlessly weaves this new world in front of us, without the usual info dump that takes place in futuristic novels.

Afrofuturism fans will love this story that blends an amazingly rich culture with the possibilities of a distant future. Binti is a young girl, brilliant, with hard choices before her; family, culture, tradition vs. education, future prospects, and heroism.

Nov 08, 2018

The best science fiction imagines complex worlds grounded in our own, and challenges us to consider new possibilities and to examine the limitations of our prejudices. Binti is a story of a young Black girl who is brilliant at math and talented in creation, so much so that she is the only one with the imagination and foresight to bridge years of violence between two peoples---all the while adjusting to her own pain.

By creating this world and characters that feel both mysterious and relatable, Nnedi Okorafor has proved herself a master of the sci-fi genre. Binti is an exploration of social justice and of self-love and growth, an invitation to turn an empathetic eye inward to give ourselves a chance to develop our inner strength by supporting our needs and pains and a challenge to broaden our worldview. Okorafor's writing is nuanced but simple, and impossible to put down. Make sure you have all three in the series before you start, because you're not going to want to wait to finish.

Hillsboro_RobP Oct 29, 2018

The best of what science fiction has to offer, stripped down to a bite-sized, must-read chunk.
Action! Suspense! Growing as a person!

JCLStefanieE Aug 20, 2018

Writer Okorafor vividly describes an interstellar community at war and fully immerses the reader in the lives of several completely unique and absolutely compelling characters in less than 100 pages. Binti is the first part of a short story trilogy and I will be recommending it to all of my friends who enjoy excellent space sagas or find international relations fascinating.

profdavis Jul 11, 2018

A young woman of the Himba people of Namibia becomes the first person from her culture to be accepted at a prestigious off-world university. The story starts as if it is going to use a Science Fiction trope as a metaphor for a woman leaving Africa to pursue an education in the West and struggling with holding on to her native culture or embracing Western culture. Instead the story takes a major turn when the ship carrying her is attacked by aliens who hate all humans. Then the narrative shifts to confronting hate with courage and compassion.

Jun 22, 2018

Cinematic...Easy to read. The sequel picks up right where the first one left off... as if to say: " 'Binti'..." I hope that they both get to be made into movies or mini-series someday. --Mark A. Payne

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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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