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I recently bought Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti: The Complete Trilogy, though the book actually holds four stories, including Binti, Binti: Home, Binti: The Night Masquerade and the brand-new Binti story, Binti: Sacred Fire.
So today’s A. E. Reads post is the first of the trilogy, Binti, which was written by Nnedi Okorafor in 2015.
Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib is such an enjoyable character to follow on her journey throughout the story. She left her home and her family against all of their wishes to follow her dreams and do what she knew she had to do…get an education and do what her heart yearned for.
Follow your dreams!
That’s a lovely inspiring message to read and I’m sure it encouraged a lot of people who read this book. Binti is also very real, she’s not fearless or an action hero or perfect. When the Meduse attack her spaceship and she’s left alone to fend for herself, she makes the best decisions she can make in the little time she has it.
The book also deals with friendship in a great way. Meeting someone with a bunch of preconceived notions, then putting those aside to get to know them, and eventually deciding to make them your friend. Binti’s relationship with Okwu does a delightful change from enemies to friends.
And now I have to talk about the other surprise in this book…there’s a magic university in it. Oomza University! Binti leaves home to follow her dreams to go to Oomza Uni and is the first of her people to do so.
Oomza Uni sounds like an amazing place to visit. From the crustacean-like ship to make the trip across the galaxy to reach, the different types of professors who teach there like the spiderlike professor Haras, the unique dorms like the one without rooms full of octopi-like students, the dozens of possible classes to take, and all the other students to meet.
The magic system in the book is math-based and as someone who is mathematically challenged, it is written in a way that I don’t need to actually comprehend numbers to understand Binti and her harmonizing magic.
The read is smooth and enjoyable, the action is fun and the characters are great.
This is definitely a book I recommend, and I’m sure the rest of the trilogy, including the new story is just as good.
I look forward to continuing to read the stories from Binti The Complete Trilogy, and Binti: Sacred Fire is next in the book. I haven’t read a lot of Nnedi Okorafor and I’m interested to see what is next for Binti.
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