So, I finally give a read to one of the much talked Nnedi Okorafor’s fantasy fictional novels.
Opening my Nnedi Okorafor account with the released of Tor.com novella, Binti: Home.
And, considering the fact of how much praises and good work i have heard about Nnedi Okorafor’s works.
And, also how a number of her novel titles were still available at my disposal, I feel a bit stupid for not give a reading to this Nnedi Okorafor’s title up until now.
Anyways, now I am no longer a newbiee to the beautiful and interesting world of Nnedi Okorafor’s own’s fiction.
For that reason, I’m going to lag all my stupidity behind me.
If there is one thing that trigger me to read this novella, it would be moments I watched the science, fictional movie.
And, reading the books is something different on its own. Full of engagement and interactive experience.
With the movie, a full of praises and pushing as all already been done by the filmmakers.
The novella, however, had me comprising an alternative universes together.
The novella, carefully stacking detail upon detail to create a habitable alien to human ecosystem.
However, it get me busy to difficulty in explaining how extraterrestrial creatures were, in all their uniqueness, and glory.
Which, actually, occasionally unwitnessed and hideousness to the human eye.
The Novella, Binti: The Home had my imagination working through the entire reading of its fiction.
And what’s more fun than bring a mentally engaged man while reading this science, fictional book?
With each pages of the novel keep breezing. I felt more and more familiarizing myself with the world of a new script writer.
To my surprise, I later discovered Binti: Home is actually a sequel to Binti when I was about finishing through with the novella.
And, it means, that I should have read Binti first.
Luckily, some detailed references were made to important actions from the prequel for perfect and easy understanding.
The novel, however is eponymously titled after its lead character, Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka’s name.
Binti is a man from the Himba village of Osemba land. Studying at a extraterrestrial University, Ooma.
The sequel picks up at about a year after Binti enrolls into the university.
Binti, was full with a lot of unanswered questions, hunting him daily.
She decides that the best thing to do is to return to her homeland to complete a pilgrimage.
She hopes that being embarked on the desert pilgrimage would help her find understanding and clarity.
And, meanwhile, There is also a cultural duties attached to this pilgrimage for Himba women. where she comes from.
And, hoping to simultaneously fulfil it.
But in her away from home, for a year, a lot have changed for her.
She has formed an unlikely friendship with Okwu. An alien creature. A Friendship she is assured would be frowned upon by majority.
And now, she is now a part of human and part of alien creature, Meduse. She is no longer an entirely pure human.
Her hopes and expectations to return on earth are high. But she was dismay, and live short of joy as what she expected to be, turned sour shortly after her arrival.
The events that followed her arrival are clearly not what she had expected for.
She seems to only move from one mishap to another, bigger than the previous.
Mishaps of both personal and intergalactic implications.
The clarity and understanding she had hope to find eluded her, and her return to earth doesn’t bring results to her expectation.
Binti is left questioning and blaming her decision to return home in the first place.
Like I have said before, the world of the novel and the lead character was one of the first things that interest me a lot.
I found it both strange and fascinating simultaneously.
A Novel that welcomes the diversity of humans and aliens coexist in the same physical space.
This novella was definitely worth a good read. And, judging from what i learnt inside it, Binti: Home.
I wouldn’t try to hesitate recommending any of Nnedi Okorafor’s other intersting titles.
BOOK TITLE: Binti: Home
AUTHOR: Nnedi Okorafor
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2017
PUBLISHER: Tom Doherty Associates