Binti by Nnedi Okorafor



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

-Synopsis from Goodreads


Binti by Nnedi Okorafor has been on my TBR forever so I was glad that I finally had the chance to read it this past week.

It’s been a while since I have read something that falls under the science fiction category (that isn’t a short story). Binti is a novella, less than one hundred pages. I was able to read it in an afternoon. I would say it’s the perfect science fiction story for anyone interested in the genre or new to the genre.

On the whole, this story was unique and interesting. Binti is definitely a character I want to see more of! But there were numerous abrupt time jumps that were not my favorite. I get that with such a short story there’s going to be a few time jumps, but they just felt very abrupt and didn’t always give me time to digest what had just taken place.

I liked everything about this story otherwise, but I wasn’t in love with it. I would consider reading the next two books, but they aren’t at the top of my TBR. I guess I was hoping that I would be blown away and instead my interest was mildly piqued, but enough so that I would keep this author and series on my radar.

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