Binti – By Nnedi Okorafor

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

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I first discovered this series when I saw the third book on the Goodreads Choice Awards last year, and since I’ve been meaning to read more science fiction I eagerly checked to see if my library had the first book.

Binti has a strong world and a great main character. Binit was someone that I enjoyed reading about from the beginning, I loved that she is mathematically gifted because that’s not something you see as frequently for female characters.

One thing that surprised me is how short the book is, or I should actually say novella. There was so much about the story and the world that I felt wasn’t expanded on enough, even though it was all fascinating. The story was definitely over too soon and I had to get the second book right away.

Overall I found the book to be enjoyable. I liked that Binti starts off looking for more knowledge and ends up helping to stop a war. The messages of self-acceptance and acceptance of others were strong.  In the end I gave this book 3 stars.


  1. This was a good review. Is this something you’d recommend other people read? I personally think of a 3 star review as a pretty good one, but I’m not sure if you have the same approach to them.

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