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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 customsKnowledge 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 reachIf 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


10 thoughts on “Binti

  1. says:

    I enjoyed the novella's grounding in cultural differences and the twist of a strong math Harmonizer tech and while I also appreciate the fundamental message of acceptance I had a really hard time with the message's the execution hereDon't get me wrong the writing was good and I loved the firm opening leading to a great horror tale set in a well imagined SF universe complete with a reverse fish out of water twist It's what happened afterward that I take umbrageI like tales of acceptance It is a core trope of SF for heaven's sakeWhat I don't like is a completely insane turnaround in a plot firmly rooted in terrorism and attempted mass murder of view spoiler a whole university after the aliens killed almost everyone on Binti's spacecraft And it was all done because the chief lost his stinger hide spoiler


  2. says:

    WINNER 2015 nebula for best novella shows what i knowand now hugo winner too i cannot be trusted to speak about books i know nothinghaving been gleefully freeloading off the free tor shorts for years now i absolutely want to support tor in their buy some novellas cheapskate endeavor especially since the first one i read Every Heart a Doorway was one of the best things i have ever read ever but even though Binti wonwas nominated for a billion awards it was only medium enjoyable for me i'd read Lagoon by this author with the same general reaction even though I KNOW everyone tells me Who Fears Death is incredible and i believe them and i will read that one because every author gets three chances with methis is the first book in what i expect will be a trilogy and it's only 90 pages so it's hard to be hypercritical of it although just now reading the synopsis for part 2 it takes place a year later so i guess this part of it is over and i can be as critical as with any other book so first the good things i really like the character 16 year old binti comes from the isolated himba region whose desert community holds fast to its customs and where the emphasis is on family science and a connection to the land so deep that no one ever leaves their homeland however binti despite the privileges of her family cannot refuse the unprecedented opportunity to study at the oozma university which offer has never before been granted to a himba I was sixteen years old and had never been beyond my city let alone near a launch station I was by myself and I had just left my family My prospects of marriage had been 100 percent and now they would be zero No man wanted a woman who'd run away However beyond my prospects of a normal life being ruined I had scored so high on the planetary exams in mathematics that the Oozma University had not only admitted me but promised to pay for whatever I needed in order to attend No matter what choice I made I was never going to have a normal life reallyon her journey towards the terminal binti feels her outsider status acutely because her people never leave their land; because they are so insular other people assign characteristics to them through lack of contactexperience they are assumed to be backwards primitive and filthy in part because of the himba custom of smearing their bodies and hair with a fragrant paste made from the clay of their land as well as their darker skin and fuzzy haironce binti makes it to the ship which is actually a living creature closely related to a shrimp surrounded by other prospective students she has an easier time acclimating and even makes friends and develops a crush on a boy and then the meduse arrive and everything goes sidewaysfor the characters and this reader both again binti is a remarkable character she's plucky brave resourceful and supersmart but she's not unrealistically heroic and capable she's never experienced life beyond her home and family and her discomfort and awkwardness are appropriate for someone with her background i also appreciated the attention to detail given to the customs of her people and her memories of her life among them but from the meduse part on there seemed to be a motivation to reach a desired ending without respecting the conseuences of certain actions which brad addresses admirably in his review to which i can add nothing because it speaks to every single but wait objection i had while reading this and i don't wanna be a plagiarist like him i appreciate the message but the delivery of the message was a bit trite and slapdash however i like the character enough and i owe tor enough that i will likely read the second part of this this novella is completely appropriate for a YA audience and i think it would be better received by younger readers who tend to read for plot and enjoyment than old folks like me who suck all the joy out of books with too nitpicky dissections resulting from too much academic training in joy suckingi still love you tor and i will continue to love you both for free and for cahnot actual name of programcome to my blog


  3. says:

    I like originality and I also like a story told economically and writer Nnedi Okorafor gets my high praise in both categories for her 2015 novella BintiOkorafor has created in Binti a speculative fiction gem where a reader is led along a culturally alien yet approachable thrill ride At once fascinating and hair raising Okorafor has crafted a dynamic tension that grips the reader throughout this short workBinti is a student who has been accepted into a far future academy and chooses to attend the university over the protests and prohibitions of her traditional and isolationist family Being the first of her family from a rural area of Earth itself described as something of a planetary backwater to go to this school is difficult enough for Binti but Okorafor then introduces a far dangerous cultural conflict through which Binti must surviveTold with an intensity found in the horror or thriller genres this speculative fiction work blends elements of science fiction and fantasy into a very entertaining whole that is reminiscent of Octavia Butler or Ursula K Le Guin I also considered a comparison to China Mieville Okorafor’s use of cultural distinctions probably inspired from her Nigerian heritage further separates this very uniue novella from the pack of contemporary fictionI have long heard her name and knew that I would need to explore her writing Binti is likely only the first of Okorafor’s work I will enjoy


  4. says:

    This is cute I guess Imaginative Fresh But yet lacking so much of what makes a cohesive seamless narrative that I am indeed surprised to see that it won the Nebula Award I hate to call this one childish for the one reason good stories aimed at the youngsters should possess the wonderful level of imagination and complexity And this one has all the foundations so wonderfully laid out in its strong beginning promising the strangeness of mathematical reasoning weaved together with the tribal culture rites But sadly the promising start uickly disintegrates into a story that blithely speeds along to the conclusion it desires while ignoring character building logic and any resemblance to the actual complexity in the interpersonal interspecies here I guess? relationshipsI guess I must call this story despite the imaginative and fresh initial premise just simplistic and naive Because this is how we wish the world would work forgiving any murder or war and accepting your enemies once a miscommunication of sorts has been cleared or magically covered with magical mud if you so wish and harmoniously living ever after in a wonderfully harmonious universe And about that mass murder that was just shrugged off? Well sorry but now we are cool I guess and even participate in a sort of a student exchange program? UghAcceptance does not work like this It really does not SorryAnyway I'm not sure how this ended up getting such accolades Okorafor has written much better stories but this is sadly lacking But yes cute25 stars


  5. says:

    Binti is a curious little novella by Okorafor an author who has been my radar for bringing winds of Africa into science fiction and fantasy and it does not disappoint A sixteen year old woman of the Himba tribe has been accepted into the prestigious Oomza University on a mathematics scholarship The trouble is “we Himba don’t travel We stay put Our ancestral land is life; move away from it and you diminish We even cover our bodies with it Here in the launch port I was an outsider; I was outside“An auspicious classic beginning one that captures the uncertainty of an unusually talented woman stretching beyond her tightly knit culture to experience something larger “No matter what choice I made I was never going to have a normal life really” Okorafor deftly creates Binti’s character bringing to mind the old days when I was seventeen and heading off across the country to college Binti also faces all the prejudices that come from those unfamiliar with her culture However once she gets to the transport ship she meets other young people also heading to the University and begins to find a kind of euilibrium and friendship Until the Meduse come five days before they are supposed to arrive at UniOnce the alien Meduse attack it evolves into first a survival story and then an alien outreach with the plotting and writing less deft as the themes shift Another incomprehensible alien artifact becomes a deux ex machina until rapport can be developed Actually I suppose that is very normal for the fantastical young adult discovery tales; some magical object that gives them an unusual edge or specialness In this case I rather felt like it diminished the focus on Binti who earlier was in the process of trying to recognize and honor her personal uniuenessThe ending didn’t uite work for me; I felt like it dismissed early losses for the ‘greater good’ the satisfactory resolution of the idealistic ethical issue and I’m not sure that was the message meant More significantly like Lagoon I wondered if there was a bit too much attempted in such a limited format There’s a galaxy of other beings unknown alien artifacts a future Earth that has technologies unusual to our own living ships and then the very fascinating concept of mathematical harmonics I would have thought either expanding so organic integration of information could occur ie no pseudo technology info dumping or limiting the scope would service the complexity of the story betterThe overall verdict is that one should read it if you are interested in diving into fresh voices in science fiction and in stories where cultural and ethnic issues are woven into genre traditions Okorafor is worth tryingCross posted


  6. says:

    This was one of the most creative books I've read in a whileVery interesting concepts but I wanted will definitely pick up the next one when it's out


  7. says:

    I expected darkness to envelop me as I read this but instead I was introduced to a world that as unwelcoming as it may seem does actually understand human and alien suffering and is open to creating alliances with presumed enemies Binti is gifted – so gifted that she was accepted to the Oomza University the first of her community to study there From the moment she steps foot outside of her home she realizes how unwelcome and misunderstood her group the Himba people isBut she doesn’t let that affect her What does affect her uite uickly is the Meduse who can kill human beings in less than a second When she comes in contact with them she doesn’t expect to live till the end of the hour So far it looks very intense doesn’t it? And indeed it is but it is the sort of intensity found in books that are written not to shock spook or terrify but to show that change can be achieved if one is courageous enough to attempt it and Binti certainly is Except she’s also young I don’t remember her age being mentioned but I would assume she’s between 18 and 20 And it shows She may be bold and smart but she can also be overdramatic silly and impertinent at times Read this ‘‘All you do is kill’’ I opened my eyes Energy that I didn’t know I still had rippled through me and I was so angry that I couldn’t catch my breath ‘‘Like like you Killed my friends’’ I coughed and slumped down weakly ‘‘My friends’’ I whispered tears welling in my eyes ‘‘Oooh my friends’’ Don’t you just really really want to roll your eyes right now? I do I’m incapable of reading that passage without shaking my head and directing my eyes skyward because that’s the kind of passage I’m expecting to find in a soap opera and this novella is not that In conclusion the story could have used some editing seeing that this does not read like it was written by a professional author In fact the author mentions her daughter helping her come up with the plot and all I can think is ‘‘How old is she??’’ But look I do love a world filled with people that are able to put the past behind and accept the help of enemies so this world is one I want to read about It is in no way perfect but perhaps that’s what makes it interesting Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  8. says:

    Nnedi Okorafor's Binti is a beautifully written and engaging science fiction tale which despite its length has the feel of an epic In the story Binti leaves her tribe in Namibia to go off planet to study at the Oomza Uni Binti's people are obsessed with knowledge; however they do not travel; they stay on their original homelands on Earth Binti bringing her people's culture with her into the galaxy will prove to be a notable exception Before they make it to Oomza Uni though their ship is attacked and her shipmates are murdered by humanity's dread enemy the Meduse With this attack things become even interesting My only real complaint from this novella is that I finished reading it too uickly 45 stars


  9. says:

    “But deep down inside me I wanted I needed it I couldn’t help but act on it The urge was so strong that it was mathematical” ― Nnedi Okorafor BintiI can't believe this won a Hugo and a Nebula award Apparently this is supposed to be a science fiction novella offering a protagonist from an African background who is a genius at mathematics and who leaves her tribe to go to Oomza university on another planet Unfortunately i found this book to be tiring and boring the writing bland Also Binti wasn't some kind of a badass main character since all she did besides chatting with the enemy was talking about her otjize making otjize applying otjize to her hair and trying to explain it's nature to other people throughout THE WHOLE FUCKING BOOK


  10. says:

    When I first read Binti in 2017 I enjoyed it fine but I don’t think I understood it as being particularly Good Reading it again in 2019 after reading far fantasy and science fiction and a significant amount of postcolonial literature I think I got a lot from these 85 pages Binti is a young black woman on her way to the premier institution in the galaxy; her people unlike their sometime rivals sometime allies the Kush almost never leave She has broken this tradition an absolute first generation college student through being extremely smart and she has done something perhaps revolutionary she has chosen to take her chance and leave home Though her parents love her they don’t approve of her choosing to go somewhere where she will not continue their traditions She knows from the time she leaves that she may very well be disowned She herself isn’t entirely confident either; she self doubts multiple times in the first twenty pages despite her joy On her journey to her new university however her ship is attacked by a race known as the Meduse These creatures are murderous of course but Binti and the audience eventually learn to look at them with empathy Their stinger has been stolen and placed in a Kush museum in something akin to the colonial appropriation perpetuated by the British museum today The Meduse have been violated and thus they want to recapture and reclaim their lost territoryThe growth of the friendship between Okwu and Binti is at the center of Binti — and the ensuing novella series though to a lesser degree — and though it forms due to necessity the strength of this relationship comes in their mutual understandings of each other Their hair like her hair is considered alien; their bodies like hers are considered other Their friendship is always what resonates with me the most when thinking about this series Binti’s journey however is what is most revolutionary about this book Instead of following traditions she breaks boundaries; she has a place in the universe and yet she steps out into a whole new world In a subversion of the typical outsider leaves to find themselves narrative she is not in any particular way an outsider to her initial community; she is simply brilliant and uietly ambitious and brave enough to risk all she has ever known for a future she hopes will be for her Throughout the story as a harmonizer she must symbolically give up pieces of her old identity yet she keeps her old rituals as a part of herself Her strength comes in her ability to embrace both her old identity and her new identity and build herself into a whole person stronger than ever A black woman and a young black woman is front and center and she is front and center because of her inner strength and her empathy And that's just really neat I really struggled to engage with this the first time around something that I attributed to not liking novellas which I thought I struggled to be engaged in before the end I am no longer a boring sad person who dislikes everything she doesn't get I was 16 let me live and I now love novellas However this problem of lacking engagement persists and it is because of the lack of description I love this world — the ideas of sentient ships and Oomza Uni both slap so hard — but I don't feel like I have any perception of what it looks like I believe this must have been a purposeful decision for symbolic reasons because it feels very conscious However I did really like this on reread Score one for the teamBlog | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Youtube | About |