Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.
And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.
But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.
After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?
It was nice to be able to read the second book in Okorafor’s trilogy so soon after the first book. And at this point I’ve also read the conclusion of the series and believe this book is the strongest of the three.
In this book Binti returns home on a break from school, she goes home to go join a traditional ceremony of her people and also because she misses her family (who still don’t know what to do after she ran away). She also brings her friend Okwu. In the last book she managed to broker a peace between her people and Okwu, but this is the first time any of his people have been on earth in peace.
Binit’s character grows a lot in this book, and I enjoyed seeing her with family and people. This book has amazing world-building, the way Okorafor blends African folklore and science fiction is really interesting. I would love to see Okorafor write more series in this world. It was interesting to see how the writing style changed just a little from the first book to this book. Another thing I really liked was the positive representation of therapy and Binti’s therapist. It was really well done to see how Binti deals with PTSD.
In the end I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.