Science fiction and fantasy
by Nnedi Okorafor
Themes of overcoming prejudice, fear, and a lack of cultural understanding are prominent in this story. It's imaginative and interesting, if a little on the brutal side, and doesn't labour any points or dawdle in its pacing.
Since the story is novella length there isn't much in the way of development for characters other than Binti herself, because there isn't enough time. However, the writing style is engaging enough that I would gladly read a sequel. This is an uplifting, hopeful story which combines inventive science fiction with excitement and a pointed metaphor for real-world issues.
18th January 2017
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In Botanica, life under the great Tree is all they know. What will a young woman learn as she journeys around it?
Review © Ros Jackson
Source: own copy