Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


By Nnedi Okorafor

  • Release Date: 2015-09-22
  • Genre: Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 61 Ratings
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"Prepare to fall in love with Binti." —Neil Gaiman

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

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 the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself — but first she has to make it there, alive.

The Binti Series
Book 1: Binti
Book 2: Binti: Home
Book 3: Binti: The Night Masquerade


"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" — Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Punzi and From a Whisper

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  • Interesting.

    By Archangel Beth
    Science-fiction setting & descriptive expectations. Fantasy magic in SF trappings, honestly. A little like Andre Norton in that respect, but taken even further and in a divergent direction. (Much less use of Norton's good/evil SF-magipsi tropes, but definitely magitech in spades.) Fairytale genre expectations. This is very important. Content-warning for a violent scene. Until you accept the fairytale genre expectations as the frame, some of the protagonist's reactions to it won't make sense and may feel like a flaw. Realize that the expectations are for something different than either science fiction or this era's fantasy, and it works better. I'm part-way into the sequel and I think the style is also evolving and improving. Always good when authors grow! (There's more humor in the next one, too.) I'm still going to keep my fairytale expectations in place, though.
  • 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    By irislilyrose
    Awesome couldn’t put it down
  • Vivid Details

    By FaithFitBeauty
    I really enjoyed this book. Excited to read the others. Hope the author gets a movie deal. Would love to see this on the big screen.
  • Short novella

    By DG Mass
    Excellent story!; but don't advertise as 96 pages when it's 69 including TOC, adds, bio, etc.
  • Excellent!

    By Red Double L
    Fascinating sci-fi story with an original heroine!
  • Interesting short story

    By MaisieRae
    I enjoyed the story, and found myself wondering what would happen next. It was a fun short story, and I would definitely read more of the author's stories.
  • Fantastic

    By Nyraphe
    The whole story telling was amazing. There were new and unique ideas, things I’ve never read about in other sci-fi. It’s somewhere between magic/mysticism and science, what Binti does. The delivery by Robin Miles is spectacular as well. It was a bit pricy… I bought it three days ago at $6.99 only to find it’s now $2.99, but whatever.