Binti
Includes a brand-new Binti story!Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.In her Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, Nnedi Okorafor introduced us to Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Despite her family's concerns, Binti's talent for mathematics and her aptitude with astrolabes make her a prime candidate to undertake this interstellar journey.But everything changes when the jellyfish-like Medusae attack Binti's spaceship, leaving her the only survivor. Now, Binti must fend for herself, alone on a ship full of the beings who murdered her crew, with five days until she reaches her destination.There is more to the history of the Medusae--and their war with the Khoush--than first meets the eye. If Binti is to survive this voyage and save the inhabitants of the unsuspecting planet that houses Oomza Uni, it will take all of her knowledge and talents to broker the peace.Collected now for the first time in omnibus form, follow Binti's story in this groundbreaking sci-fi trilogy.

Binti Details

TitleBinti
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherDAW
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Binti Review

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for this collection of the three Binti novellas, plus a new short story! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with several other reviews from my co-reviewers there; we have a whole range of opinions on the BINTI stories):As Binti, a mathematically brilliant, 16 year old member of the African Himba tribe, sneaks away from her home in the dead of night, I felt almost as much anticipation as Binti herself. Binti has decided, against massive family pressure, to accept a full-ri 3.5 stars for this collection of the three Binti novellas, plus a new short story! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with several other reviews from my co-reviewers there; we have a whole range of opinions on the BINTI stories):As Binti, a mathematically brilliant, 16 year old member of the African Himba tribe, sneaks away from her home in the dead of night, I felt almost as much anticipation as Binti herself. Binti has decided, against massive family pressure, to accept a full-ride scholarship to the renowned Oomza University on a planet named ― wait for it ― Oomza Uni. (Perhaps the university sprawls across the entire planet? Certainly it covers several cities many miles apart.) Himba tribe members are technically advanced but socially isolated from other people, and Binti’s breaking away from her tribe evidences her courage, but leaves her isolated, an outsider.On the spaceship, Binti has found several like-minded friends among the students traveling to Oomza Uni (and even a new crush) when disaster strikes in the form of a proud, militant alien race, the large jellyfish-shaped Meduse. The Meduse massacre all of the humans on the ship except the pilot, who is necessary to their plans, and Binti, who is not, but who is mysteriously protected against attack by her edan, an ancient metal artifact that she carries with her. Binti is forced to deal with the aftermath of this catastrophe and the constant threat of death from the Meduse who are lurking outside her room. As she searches for a way to not just survive but to resolve her deep anger and distress, Binti herself grows and changes as a result.This theme of personal growth and change continues through the second and third novellas in this collection, Home and The Night Masquerade, as well as the new short story, “Binti: Sacred Fire.” In “Sacred Fire,” Binti is dealing with the emotional aftermath of the massacre that she experienced first-hand on the spaceship, and is experiencing rage incidents and trouble developing relationships with others. She takes on an impromptu personal retreat to the desert, searching for inner peace and understanding, and finds new friendships in the process.Binti: Home follows Binti as she leaves the university for a period to return to her home on Earth, with her Meduse friend Okwu accompanying her. Trouble awaits them there, not just from Binti’s choice to attend Oomza University rather than accept the role her family intended for her, but from Okwu’s presence. The Meduse have a long history of war with the Khoush people, and though there is currently a tentative peace treaty, Okwu’s being in their territory has inflamed emotions. Meanwhile, Binti is also having issues with her ongoing PTSD and with new revelations about her life and ancestry.At the beginning of Binti: The Night Masquerade, Binti has just found out that her family and home are under attack and is rushing home to her family and tribe as fast as possible. The Night Masquerade deals with what she finds when she gets home, and the fall-out from all of the problems that have been building up. It’s up to Binti, with the help of her friends (including the obligatory new love interest), to try to prevent an all-out war between the Khoush and the Meduse.The first novella, Binti, won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards, I believe largely on the strength of its highly unusual minority main character (who, to be fair, is a great YA heroine) and its incorporation of current social issues. Binti is amazing and complex, with mixed motivations and emotions that she doesn’t always understand. She felt real to me, though her continual emotional outbursts and PTSD did get tiresome to read about after a while. But it was delightful learning more about her tribe’s culture, including the Himba women’s practice of covering their skin and hair with otjize, a red clay mixture ― a practice Binti follows with dedication, even when she is lightyears away from her home.At the same time, Okorafor takes on multiple social issues like cultural insensitivity, finding connections with those who are different, and standing up for yourself against social pressure. The Himba are looked down on by the Khoush, the Arab (per Okorafor) people who are the majority, and the Himba in turn look down on the Desert People, or Zinariya, who are actually far more advanced than anyone outside of their tribe realizes. Binti’s best human friend at Oomza Uni is Haifa, a Khoush girl who was born physically male and transitioned to female at age thirteen.Binti also contains some intriguing science fictional concepts and devices, like the astrolabe, a multi-functional mobile device, and the living spaceships, which are closely related to shrimp and can give birth to new spaceships. It’s also got a little of the “Africa power” vibe of Black Panther ― high technology hidden from the view of outsiders ― which I enjoyed. There are the bones of some good world-building here.But, other than the unusual minority heroine and the Africa setting, the BINTI trilogy struck me as a fairly standard YA fantasy/SF novel, with many of the typical tropes. There’s the special snowflake main character who saves a world (at least part of it) despite her youth, a love interest or two, the patriarchal establishment that the main character fights against, and more.The science fiction plot is serviceable but has several rather noticeable plot holes in it. Some examples (warning: spoilers for the first novella are in this paragraph): Binti’s edan device mysteriously poisons the Meduse, thus saving her life … and then Binti’s otjize, a mixture of clay and plant oils, just as magically heals the Meduse’s wounds and scars. No good reason is ever given for either of these key plot devices. The Meduse keep the spaceship pilot alive so that he can get them through security and land the ship on Oomza Uni, but any ship pilot worth his or her salt would refuse to cooperate, perhaps even suicide or crash the ship, to avoid a worse massacre on the planet. Forgiveness for the Meduse’s terrorist murders of hundreds of innocent people on the spaceship is quickly given, with no lasting repercussions, because … their rage was justified by a thoughtless insult given the Meduse chief, a failure to respect his culture. Really? And in The Night Masquerade, two separate, deeply emotional crises occur … and then the punches are pulled, in both cases in rather far-fetched ways. Some additional foundation-setting or foreshadowing might have helped with my ability to accept these events.Perhaps Okorafor’s focus on Binti’s internal growth and turmoil and on social issues led her to not think through the logic of the plot as carefully as she might have. Still, for me the delightfully unique heroine and her culture and story of personal growth more than make up for the plot’s weaknesses. Just don’t think about the plot too hard.I received a free copy from the publisher for review. Thank you so much!Initial post: The publishing gods love me!! I requested this on NetGalley and got a hardcover in the mail today!💕
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Binti ★★★★★#2 Home ★★★★☆#3 The Night Masquerade ★★★☆☆#1-3 Complete Trilogy Edition ★★★★☆They say that when faced with a fight you cannot win, you can never predict what you will do next. But I'd always known I'd fight until I was killed.I've been meaning to pick up these novellas for ages, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to review the entire trilogy now that it's been released in a bind-up. This is a series that starts off really strong—enough so that I'd say the first book, Bi #1 Binti ★★★★★#2 Home ★★★★☆#3 The Night Masquerade ★★★☆☆#1-3 Complete Trilogy Edition ★★★★☆They say that when faced with a fight you cannot win, you can never predict what you will do next. But I'd always known I'd fight until I was killed.I've been meaning to pick up these novellas for ages, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to review the entire trilogy now that it's been released in a bind-up. This is a series that starts off really strong—enough so that I'd say the first book, Binti, is one of the most enjoyable novellas I've ever read, as well as one of my favorite adult sci-fi reads ever.While the first novella lacks a bit in world-building, it more than makes up for that absence with character development. I loved Binti as a character and really treasured her thirst for knowledge and her bravery despite all of the immense obstacles trying to hold her back from her future. Okwu, on the other hand, I had mixed feelings about at first, but quickly came to treasure as a character despite the rocky nature of their meeting. There was always so much I didn’t know, but not knowing was part of it all. The thing about this series is that it can almost be hard to know who you want to root for, because everyone is flawed and history is muddled—which I found incredibly true-to-life for many circumstances, especially considering histories of wars and feds, so I appreciated that there were no "perfect" groups or characters in the equation.Unfortunately, I'll admit that the series did become less enjoyable for me as time went on. The second novella, Home, was still a very fun read, but it became tougher for me to reason with the lack of world-building and the random info dumps; on the other hand, though, The Night Masquerade went too far in the opposite direction and gave me too much information and history with too little action and character development. Even back then I had changed things, and I didn’t even know it. When I should have reveled in this gift, instead, I’d seen myself as broken. But couldn’t you be broken and still bring change? Minor complaints aside, I wholeheartedly recommend this series. It's an incredibly quick trilogy to get through, there's a gorgeous portrayal of culture and how significant cultural history and rituals can be to people—especially to individuals who have a history of being oppressed, like Binti's people, the Himba—and, if you're a fan of audiobooks, I strongly recommend Robin Miles' delivery of these stories.Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • MadameMelli
    January 1, 1970
    An vielen Stellen zeigt sich, was für großartige Ideen die Autorin hat. Jedoch war der Schreibstil oft holprig und es gab auch Dinge, die zu wenig konsistent waren und mir auffielen.Die Entwicklungen waren oft auf eine positive Art wild. Mein Kommentar dazu heute war: Sie schreibt ein wenig so, wie die Melvins Musik machen. Und das ist definitiv nichts schlechtes ;)
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  • wanderer (Para)
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from the publisher (DAW) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this series of novellas immensely. I've had Binti on my TBR since 2016 and in a way, I'm glad I waited until now - even though this is my first read, they work far, far better as one book. “I have to try and make it better,” I said. “I can’t just leave here.” Binti, a mathemagical genius and a master harmonizer, is the first of the Himba people to  be invited to attend the prestigious Oomza Uni. Her fam ARC received from the publisher (DAW) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I enjoyed this series of novellas immensely. I've had Binti on my TBR since 2016 and in a way, I'm glad I waited until now - even though this is my first read, they work far, far better as one book. “I have to try and make it better,” I said. “I can’t just leave here.” Binti, a mathemagical genius and a master harmonizer, is the first of the Himba people to  be invited to attend the prestigious Oomza Uni. Her family disapproves - her skills are valuable and her people do not leave their land but focus on developing technology where they are - so she leaves in secret. But on the ship, a tragedy strikes, and she is forced into the role of a diplomat, both to save herself and prevent an interspecies war. The next two books are focused on the consequences of her decisions and her eventual return home, and the extra short story in this edition, focused on her daily life at the Oomza Uni and making friends bridges the gap between books #1 and #2 wonderfully.What I liked the best are the setting and the themes. It deals quite heavily with identity and culture - they provide a major source of conflict. Binti might go against her society's norms quite often, but she is still proudly Himba, never without otjize, the scented clay the women use. She has to deal with other people's prejudices towards her and confront her own. The worldbuilding approach is deep instead of wide, a consequence of the original novella length, so while the world does seem small in places (there are only about 3-4 Earth cultures mentioned), what's there seems fairly well thought out. After the events of the first story, Binti also ends up with a case of PTSD, with which she struggles throughout the whole series - and again, I appreciate writers who don't make the characters shrug off trauma after maybe one scene of them dealing with it because it's inconvenient.If there is a thing that might annoy some people, it's that the protagonist starts off as fairly special and gets more so as the story goes on - additional powers, hidden lineage, the works. It didn't bother me much, but it's a dealbreaker I see mentioned quite often.Enjoyment: 4/5Execution: 4/5Recommended to: fans of science fantasy, those looking for books with themes of culture and culture clashNot recommended to: those annoyed by superspecial protagonistsMore reviews on my blog, To Other Worlds.
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  • Callibso
    January 1, 1970
    Die drei Erzählungen um Binti sind in diesem Buch zusammengefasst und sie lassen sich gut wie einen durchgehenden Roman lesen, die dritte Erzählung schließt z.B. nahtlos an die zweite an.Die erste Erzählung, die auch den Hugo Award gewonnen hat, hatte ich schon auf Englisch gelesen (s. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)Binti von den Himba wird auserwählt zur besten Universität der Galaxis zu kommen. Die erste Geschichte erzählt ihre heimliche Reise dorthin. Sie ist von zu Hause ausgerisse Die drei Erzählungen um Binti sind in diesem Buch zusammengefasst und sie lassen sich gut wie einen durchgehenden Roman lesen, die dritte Erzählung schließt z.B. nahtlos an die zweite an.Die erste Erzählung, die auch den Hugo Award gewonnen hat, hatte ich schon auf Englisch gelesen (s. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...)Binti von den Himba wird auserwählt zur besten Universität der Galaxis zu kommen. Die erste Geschichte erzählt ihre heimliche Reise dorthin. Sie ist von zu Hause ausgerissen und muss einen brutalen Überfall der Medusen auf das Schiff erleben und mit ihren Fähigkeiten einen Krieg verhindern.In der zweiten und dritten Erzählung lernen wir zuerst die Universität kennen. Dann kehrt Binti mit ihrem Freund, einem Vertreter der Medusen, zu ihrer Familie zurück. Dies geht gründlich schief: ihr Volk nimmt ihr übel, dass sie heimlich gegangen war und der Stamm der Koush erträgt ihren Medusenfreund nicht und beginnt einen Krieg. Binti muss ihre Familie retten und in die Wüste fliehen, wo sie mit ihren eigenen Vorurteilen konfrontiert wird und Neues über ein scheinbar bekanntes Volk erfährt.Binti ist verwurzelt in ihrer Tradition, aber auch immer Neuem aufgeschlossen. Um sie herum gibt es viele bornierte Wesen, die andere aufgrund des Anderssein verachten. Es sind Geschichten um Traditionen, in denen man nicht erstarren soll, Wurzeln, die keine Fesseln sein sollen und Vorurteile, die uns den Blick verschleiern.Irgendwann mutet Okorafor ihrer Protagonistin etwas zuviel zu: in jeder Erzählung wird Binti zusätzlich Mitglied eines weiteren Volkes, nimmt DNA und Eigenschaften dieses Volkes an. In der ersten Erzählung sind dies die Medusen, dann die Enyi Zinariya und zum Abschluss noch lebende Raumschiffe, zu denen leider zu wenig erklärt wird.Ich bin ein Fan von Nnedi Okorafor, sie schafft es immer wieder, einen Sog zu erzeugen, der mich mitreißt und fasziniert. Ihre Science-Fiction ist keine Hard SF, die Welten haben ihre eigene afrikanisch beeinflusste Mythologie. Allerdings empfand ich - als Mathematiker - Bintis Mathematik in diesem Buch sehr befremdlich: das ist alles rein intuitiv, sie "'verästelt" und "harmonisiert" und murmelt dann Gleichungen. Dies hat meine Toleranz schon ziemlich strapaziert. Ähnlich ist es mit dem Astrolabium, das sie benutzt und auch selbst gebaut hat: dies ist mitnichten das gleichnamige alte astronomische Messinstrument, sondern... ja was eigentlich?Eine Art Smartphone zur Kommunikation auf der man auch sein ganzes Leben speichert.Dennoch haben mir die Geschichten um Binti Spass gemacht, mein Favorit von Okorafor bleibt aber "Wer fürchtet den Tod".Noch eine abschließende Bemerkung: die Cross Cult Bücher sind ja nicht gerade billig, dafür erwarte ich eigentlich besseres Papier als dieses Buch hat.
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars - I have heard an immense amount of hype about BINTI and the subsequent novellas from Nnedi Okorafor, so I was excited to be able to give this bindup of the stories a try. These get full marks from me on investment in characters, world building, and set up/premise. Alas, I do feel that there's something lacking in the execution of the vision here. The first of the novellas is definitely the strongest, but even it has some pacing issues & deus ex machina elements. That being said, I 3.5 Stars - I have heard an immense amount of hype about BINTI and the subsequent novellas from Nnedi Okorafor, so I was excited to be able to give this bindup of the stories a try. These get full marks from me on investment in characters, world building, and set up/premise. Alas, I do feel that there's something lacking in the execution of the vision here. The first of the novellas is definitely the strongest, but even it has some pacing issues & deus ex machina elements. That being said, I just LIKED being in this world enough that it made up for some of the sins. All in all, not as amazing as I had been sold on, but I'm still glad to have read the series, and let's be real... after AKATA WITCH, I'm sold on Okorafor as a great storyteller who I want to spend a lot more time with.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Binti: The Complete Trilogy is a bind up containing all three novellas (Binti, Home and The Night Masquerade) in Nnedi Okorafor's award winning Binti trilogy plus an extra short story called Sacred Fire. I'll review each of the stories separately but I've really enjoyed the whole series so it's definitely one I'm happy to recommend! Binti: Binti is a member of the Himba tribe, a group of people who live in a dessert region of their planet and who have a strong connection to each other and their Binti: The Complete Trilogy is a bind up containing all three novellas (Binti, Home and The Night Masquerade) in Nnedi Okorafor's award winning Binti trilogy plus an extra short story called Sacred Fire. I'll review each of the stories separately but I've really enjoyed the whole series so it's definitely one I'm happy to recommend! Binti: Binti is a member of the Himba tribe, a group of people who live in a dessert region of their planet and who have a strong connection to each other and their home. She is the first member of the tribe to be offered a place at the galaxy famous Oomza University, somewhere only the very best of the best are invited to study. It goes against all traditions for Binti to leave her homeland and it's something her family would never allow so she has to sneak off in the middle of the night to catch the spaceship on time. When the ship comes under attack by a jellyfish like alien species Binti is the only one on board who has a chance to communicate with the Meduse and try to broker peace before they arrive at the university.I thought this story was a great introduction to the series although I really would have loved for it to be longer! I loved Binit's character, she's smart and resourceful but also nervous as she leaves her homeland for the first time and you could feel her bewilderment as she first arrived in a big city which was completely alien to her. The story shows all to well how much prejudice humans can feel towards people who are a little bit different to themselves but I liked the way Binti handled that and was glad to see her start to make friends with the other students on board the ship.Where it fell down a little for me was after the Meduse came on board and slaughtered nearly everyone on board including Binti's new friends. I was really curious about the Meduse's anatomy & could easily picture them almost floating around the ship but it was a little hard to believe she was able to talk them out of their plans to destroy the university so quickly. I think I just needed a little bit more time to see Binti and Okwu go from enemies to allies, that would have made the turnaround feel a bit more believable and realistic.I am really curious to see where the story goes from here though and I've got very high hopes for the series as a whole. Sacred Fire: This short story is set several weeks after Binti and Okwu arrive at the Oomza University. Binti is struggling to come to terms with everything that happened on the journey and is quite obviously, and very understandably, suffering from PTSD and flashbacks. She had dreamed of attending the university but nothing is quite what she expected. She's treated as an outsider even by the other humans because they consider the Himba people to be lesser than themselves, people don't understand her culture and they also blame her for surviving the massacre on the ship when many of their friends and family members were killed.It's not all bad though, Binti is enjoying her studies and she's even starting to make a couple of friends so there is hope for her future. This was an enjoyable short and definitely left me looking forward to continuing the series. Home: Binti and Okwu have been studying at the Oomza University for a year now and it's time for Binti to return home and face her family before continuing her studies. She is considered a hero by some for preventing the meduse from attacking the university but others consider her a traitor for supposedly aligning with them against the humans. Her family haven't forgiven her for leaving them and travelling so far from home either so it's set to be a difficult reunion.I have to admit I was surprised and a little disappointed when I realised that most of this story wouldn't be set at the university because I was so interested in all the different alien creatures that attend. But then we get to travel back to Binti's homeland and find out all about her family's tribal traditions and I was so swept up in the story that I didn't have time to be upset.This isn't an easy journey for Binti, her family are resentful that she left and to be honest I kind of hated most of her siblings for the way they treated her when she returned but I loved Binti for standing up for what she wanted and being brave enough to choose her own path in life. It was hard for her to come home and realise how much she has changed while the people she left behind carried on in the same familiar paths, she no longer feels like she fits in with her family which was heartbreaking, especially since she doesn't feel much like she fits in at university either.She does find out a lot about her father's side of the family though which I absolutely loved, they are a nomad tribe who were much more open to change and much happier to welcome Binti into their circle. She had to face some difficult truths about the fact that while people are prejudiced against her and the Himba tribe, the Himba, herself included, also have their own prejudices against the nomadic dessert tribes even though they are blood relations. I felt like Binti really grew a lot emotionally in this instalment and I'm excited to see where her journey takes her next. The Night Masquerade: As much as I've enjoyed this series overall I have to admit that The Night Masquerade wasn't my favourite instalment and I was left feeling a little disappointed about the way things ended.The previous instalment ended when Binti realised that Okwu and her family were under attack and this one kicks off with her desperate journey across the desert with the help of her guide Mwinyi. Binti is unable to contact anyone she left behind but she knows something awful has happened and that the Khoush have broken the treaty so it's a race against time for her to get home in time to help the people she cares about.It's hard to go into too much detail but what Binti uncovers is a shocking betrayal that should have left her devastated. I think one of the problems I had with this story was how quickly she seemed to brush everything off and start trying to rebuild the peace between the Khoush and the Meduse. I get that she was trying to prevent her village being destroyed in an all out war between the other two groups but considering everything the Khoush had done at that point I would have expected her to be a little less invested in the peace process. I guess she's a better woman than I am though!Really my main issue with this novella was how unresolved so many things were, we get some answers but a lot of things are left open ended and this really didn't feel like the end of a series. If there was another book to come I wouldn't have been so disappointed by that but as the end of a trilogy it felt unsatisfying. Especially the way the author played with our emotions only to magically fix things moments later. I think after loving the first two stories so much I had high expectations for a grand finale and it just wasn't as epic as I hoped.
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  • Whitney
    January 1, 1970
    This is an author that I discovered from the Lavar Burton Reads podcast. I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this series as well as the main character. The world building in this novel is really creative. The first two novellas are zippy reads but could use a little more character and plot development. The third novella was a little less gripping and more winding for me, but it had a satisfying ending.
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  • Asheley
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/4Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor is the entire collection of Binti novellas plus a brand-new story in one hardcover edition, and the book is beautiful! This is a collection of Afrofuturistic stories that has been on my radar since the first story has come out; I remember seeing the original cover for the first Binti and being interested in it but not picking it up at the time. I actually made the decision that I’d read the novellas when they were all published, so I was delight 3.5/4Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor is the entire collection of Binti novellas plus a brand-new story in one hardcover edition, and the book is beautiful! This is a collection of Afrofuturistic stories that has been on my radar since the first story has come out; I remember seeing the original cover for the first Binti and being interested in it but not picking it up at the time. I actually made the decision that I’d read the novellas when they were all published, so I was delighted to see that they would be published together in one book, and I was even more delighted that I would have the opportunity to read and review it for the publisher. The decision to read these stories back-to-back-to-back was the right one for me.Binti is a very smart young woman from a small, insular African village who has her life basically mapped out for her due to the customs of her people. Unbeknownst to her parents, she has been accepted to Oozma University with high marks and the equivalent of a full scholarship, and she very much wants to go. Going would mean being ostracized or banished by her people and possibly even her own family, who really don’t seem to support nor understand women in academics or higher learning. Staying home and getting married is her other option and the ultimate in settling; this is not at all what Binti wants. Binti chooses to go to University, sneaking away and risking everything. While being transported to University, the unthinkable happens: her ship is attacked by beings of another culture and everyone is massacred except for her. She is the only one left alive, but she is…changed. Binti ends up caught between several groups of people, an unwilling spokesperson for them all. This trilogy is the story of how she tries to bring peace not only to these different groups of people, but also to her family after she has left them, and to herself for the decisions that she has made.The strengths of these stories are many, the biggest of these being Binti herself and the world-building. The world is very well done, especially considering that these are all stories that are on the shorter side. The language is lush and descriptive, and I feel like it was pretty easy to lay these scenes out in my head whether the setting was Binti’s village, outer space, or Oozma University. Binti herself is incredible as a character. She becomes increasingly complex as the series continues as she learns that she can do new things and she continues to change as the story arc moves. Her culture is so rich and vital to her, so she carries it with her from place to place; I love this so much. I loved every part of the African culture that was put into this story and I see what the author did here.What I love most about Binti is that she is true to what she is feeling. If she feels unsure about herself or a decision that she has to make, the readers know it. If she feels sad or embarrassed, we know it. If she feels cautious or if she feels her own strength, we know that too. Binti isn’t automatically this warrior-type character just because she is the lead in the story, and I appreciate that so much. We get the whole person, with all of her vulnerabilities and flaws and strengths, and they’re very well done. I am reminded of a scene in the first novella when Binti has come into a crowded area in a larger city, and she overhears people talking down about her because of how she is dressed and because of what she is wearing on her skin and hair. In those scenes, I learned so much about Binti and how vulnerable yet strong she is. (I also want to mention that the supporting cast is just great.)The thing that I felt was a weakness for me may not be a problem for other readers: it’s the math part of the story, which played very heavily throughout. I’ve already mentioned that Binti is very smart, which I love; in particular, she excels in mathematics. But I think the mathematical parts of the story brought me totally out of the narrative every time equations were mentioned, and also every time treeing was mentioned. Which was a lot. I had four novellas to get used to it and try to find my place with the math, and I could not. It just never happened for me.More than anything, I love Binti’s journey into discovering who she really is and being comfortable with that, comfortable enough to be honest with her family and her village, and comfortable enough to be honest with herself about what she wants from life. So I guess this is sort of a coming-of-age tale wrapped up in science fiction. I think that if the stories were longer, they would be slightly more developed because there would be more room for detail and fleshing out characters and scenes that I felt were a little rushed or disjointed. To me, the newest story (Sacred Fire) is the best out of all of them. Just so, so good. And at the moment, it looks like it is only available in this omnibus, but perhaps that will change with a little bit of time.I recommend this one strongly if you’re a fan of Afrofuturistic stories or just science fiction novellas in general. Binti is a fun character and the world and characterization in these stories is definitively worth experiencing.I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you, Daw Books!Find this review and more like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books!
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  • reherrma
    January 1, 1970
    Seit dem Roman "Wer fürchtet den Tod" bin ich ein Fan der SF von Nnedi Okorafor, auch die Romane Das "Buch des Phönix" und "Lagune" haben mir gefallen. Diese Geschichte aber, hat mir von ihrem Werk, das ich bisher kenne, am wenigsten gefallen. Ihre Geschichten entstammen einer, für europäische Leser, ungewöhnlichen Science-Fiction-Tradition, die ein schillerndes, oft beinahe magisches Universum der Zukunft beschreiben, mit außergewöhnlichen Aliens, vielen Momenten, die zum Staunen einladen, und Seit dem Roman "Wer fürchtet den Tod" bin ich ein Fan der SF von Nnedi Okorafor, auch die Romane Das "Buch des Phönix" und "Lagune" haben mir gefallen. Diese Geschichte aber, hat mir von ihrem Werk, das ich bisher kenne, am wenigsten gefallen. Ihre Geschichten entstammen einer, für europäische Leser, ungewöhnlichen Science-Fiction-Tradition, die ein schillerndes, oft beinahe magisches Universum der Zukunft beschreiben, mit außergewöhnlichen Aliens, vielen Momenten, die zum Staunen einladen, und einer Heldin, die zwischen Welten, die nicht verschiedener sein könnten, auf der Suche nach sich selbst und ihrem Zuhause ist."Binti" ist eigentlich eine Novellensammlung, die, auch vom amerikanischen Verlag und von CrossCult zuerst als eBooks veröffentlicht wurde, dies ist der Sammelband der drei zusammenhängenden Binti-Novellen.Binti, Himba von der Erde, ist eine außergewöhnliche Protagonistin, die sich einerseits zutiefst in der Kultur der Himba verwurzelt fühlt, aber auch nicht widerstehen kann, als sie die Zulassung für die Oomza-Universität bekommt. Sie riskiert es, zur Außenseiterin zu werden, die mit allen Traditionen ihres Volkes bricht, um auf einem lebendigen Raumschiff (Raumschiffe sind in der Science-Fiction-Welt, die Nnedi Okorafor für die Binti-Novellen erschafft, genetisch manipulierte, intelligente Meerestiere, die reiselustig sind und in mit Pflanzen gefüllten Kammern in ihrem Inneren Menschen und andere Aliens von Planet zu Planet befördern) zu der Universität zu reisen.Auf dem Weg zur Universität wird ihr Raumschiff von Medusen überfallen und sie wird zur Zeugin eines Massakers und erweist sich als die einzige Person, die Schlimmeres verhindern kann. In den nächsten Monaten wird sie zur Friedensstifterin, und die Eigenschaften und Ideen anderer Spezies und Kulturen werden wortwörtlich ein Teil von ihr...Damit beginnt die erste von drei Novellen, in denen wir Bintis Reisen und Erlebnisse sowie ihre Suche nach Identität begleiten...Während die erste Novelle noch spannend ist, wobei vieles noch offen bleibt, so sind die beiden nächsten Teile merkwürdig unispiriert, sie haben keinen echten Spannungsbogen und plätschern m.E. so vor sich hin. Auch nervt mich nach einiger Zeit die esoterischen Momente bei der Beschreibung der Himba-Kultur, die, nach Lektüre des Buches, sowieso das Beste ist, was die Erde jemals hervorgebracht hat...Irgendwie hat mich Nnedi mit diesem Buch nicht gepackt...
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  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    January 1, 1970
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Nnedi Okorafor is a science-fiction, fantasy, and magical realism author who is best known for her Binti trilogy, Akata Witch series and Who Fears Death series. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, some of her work has recently been optioned for live-action adaptations and she has quickly become an iconic author who is sure to bring her fanbase fantastical stories. With a PhD in English, this professor-turned-writer unveils her You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.Nnedi Okorafor is a science-fiction, fantasy, and magical realism author who is best known for her Binti trilogy, Akata Witch series and Who Fears Death series. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, some of her work has recently been optioned for live-action adaptations and she has quickly become an iconic author who is sure to bring her fanbase fantastical stories. With a PhD in English, this professor-turned-writer unveils her talents to the world by fusing the past and future together and building beautiful and intriguing worlds with her manipulation of words. Drawing upon her Nigerian heritage and her trips to Africa, Nnedi Okorafor tackles some important themes in Binti through her intelligent and brave protagonist. Spanning over three novellas, she delivers a character-centric story that doesn’t shy away from important challenges in life, whether they are palpable or not.What is Binti: The Complete Trilogy about? This brand-new collection contains Binti, Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade. It also withholds a brand-new short story called Binti: Sacred Fire for fans of the franchise to savour. These novellas and short story follow the adventures of Binti, a master harmonizer who has a knack for mathematics. As a young teenager, she flees her Himba tribe to give herself the opportunity to follow her dreams by accepting a scholarship in the prestigious Oomza University, a university deemed the best in the galaxy. However, by running away from her family, friends, and people, she forever taints her life as an outsider who will never be accepted back among them. Her determination hence transports her on a ride she’ll never forget that will solicit her best diplomatic skills in order to promote acceptance and open-mindedness among stubborn individuals around the world. Meanwhile, her endeavor leads her on a quest of self-discovery and brings her to try and figure out who she is and who she wants to be.Throughout these stories, Nnedi Okorafor splendidly develops her protagonist and focuses immensely on her identity crisis and inability to find a home as her sentiments grow in various directions while her heritage scolds her for not fitting into the mold she was forced into. The way the story unfolds, while taking into consideration Binti’s lack of knowledge on her culture and the history of the world, is brilliant as the author feeds her with insight through concrete experience whilst giving the reader the time to indulge the world in which she throws us in. There’s no denying that her ability to blend real-life issues within a science-fiction setting is marvelous and subtly help make the dilemmas that Binti faces much more relatable for the reader. Her development remains the anchor to which the reader can grip onto while she smoothly lays out and expands her universe throughout all three stories. Even the included short story helps tackle more internal conflicts that Binti faces following a tragedy that she witnesses, giving us more reason to applaud the courageous feat that she accomplishes despite all the adversity she faces.While there’s plenty to admire in what Nnedi Okorafor builds from the ground up in this series, I found myself stuck in front of multiple obstacles that didn’t necessarily allow me to fully adore Binti’s adventure. The first of many issues I encountered pertains to a particular massacre that happens in the first book and that leads to a very unlikely and odd ending where justice is far from served. This took away a lot of the series’ ability to immerse me. To top it off, I couldn’t completely connect with Binti as the issues that she encounters and laments about were too grounded in emotions—something I often struggle with when it comes to the young adult genre. In this case, she finds herself guided by feelings and they are drowned in impulsive actions. What ultimately leads this trilogy to slightly fall short is the balance, or rather the imbalance, in character development and world-building while tackling the themes that Nnedi Okorafor wants to present.Binti: The Complete Trilogy is a wonderful collection that carries you away on a space adventure with Binti, her quest of self-discovery and her search for affinity in a world blinded by self-centered motives and xenophobia.Yours truly,Lashaan | Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog: https://bookidote.com/
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  • Jersy
    January 1, 1970
    Great ideas, really nice and interesting characters, but I felt the first story needed to be longer and therefore more easy to feel and understand its impacts, while the third just wasn't my cup of tea and a little messy.I really liked the second story, but even that wasn't perfect for me. I'm not disappointeded, though, since it was overall enjoyable and had some fascinating concepts. Definitely worth reading.
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  • María
    January 1, 1970
    ¡Qué gloria leer una trilogía en la que el último libro es el mejor!
  • Gitti
    January 1, 1970
    Binti ist ein Mädchen aus dem Stamme der Himba. Sie ist die erste Himba, die an der Oomza Universität angenommen wurde, aber Himba verlassen ihr Heimatdorf nicht. Und doch ist Binti sich sicher, dass der Weg zur Uni für sie der Richtige ist und schleicht sich heimlich davon.Damit beginnt für sie das Abenteuer ihres Lebens, das nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern das vieler verändern wird.Ich muss sagen, ich war skeptisch, ob das Buch wirklich etwas für mich ist. Ich habe es weder mit afrikanischen Auto Binti ist ein Mädchen aus dem Stamme der Himba. Sie ist die erste Himba, die an der Oomza Universität angenommen wurde, aber Himba verlassen ihr Heimatdorf nicht. Und doch ist Binti sich sicher, dass der Weg zur Uni für sie der Richtige ist und schleicht sich heimlich davon.Damit beginnt für sie das Abenteuer ihres Lebens, das nicht nur ihr Leben, sondern das vieler verändern wird.Ich muss sagen, ich war skeptisch, ob das Buch wirklich etwas für mich ist. Ich habe es weder mit afrikanischen Autoren, noch mit Preisträgern. Aber nachdem mir Children of Blood and Bone schon so gut gefallen hatte, dachte ich mir, dass das hier auch etwas für mich sein könnte.Das Buch besteht aus drei Kurzgeschichten die im Abstand von jeweils einem Jahr entstanden sind und nun erstmals als ein Buch erscheinen. Alle drei Kurzgeschichten waren vorher schon einzeln erschienen. An manchen Stellen der Geschichten merkt man, dass es eigentlich einzeln stehende Geschichten sind, da hier auf das Geschehen der Vorgänger ausführlicher Bezug genommen wird und Dinge erklärt werden, die einem klar sind, wenn man die drei Geschichten am Stück liest. Das war aber nur ganz selten der Fall und hat nicht wirklich gestört.Ich bin sehr froh, dass ich Bintis Geschichte vom Anfang bis zum jetzigen Ende am Stück verfolgen konnte. Bintis Entwicklung ist unglaublich spannend, sowie eigentlich das gesamte Setting. Der Handlungsort ist zu großen Teilen Bintis Heimat am Rande der Namib Wüste, irgendwann in unserer Zukunft. Die Oomza Universität liegt auf einem eigenen Planeten und dorthin reist Binti auf einem lebenden Raumschiff. Dort angekommen lernt sie viele weitere Spezies kennen und akzeptieren.Auch die Medusen, die auf der Erde gegen die Khoush, einem Nachbarstamm, Krieg geführt haben, lernt sie dort besser kennen und verstehen.Zurück auf der Erde kommt es dann aber wieder zu Feindseligkeiten zwischen Khoush und Medusen und Binti versucht hier zu klären. Dafür nutzt sie die ihr eigene Magie.Das Buch bietet immer wieder erstaunliche Wendungen und bleibt damit bis zu Schluss unglaublich spannend. Der Schreibstil war so bildhaft, dass ich mir die fremden Kulturen bildhaft vorstellen konnte. Ich war sozusagen sofort in meinem eigenen Film gefangen.Für mich war dieses Buch auf jeden Fall eines meiner Jahreshighlights, ich werde die Autorin sicher im Auge behalten und ihre weiteren Bücher auch noch lesen. Vielleicht gibt es ja auch noch einmal etwas über Binti und ihre Freunde. Darüber würde ich mich auf jeden Fall sehr freuen.Von mir daher eine volle und dringende Leseempfehlung!
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  • Buchdrache
    January 1, 1970
    Dieser Tage wird Science Fiction aus Afrika wie auch China immer beliebter. Eine*r der auch in westlichen Ländern immer bekannter werdenden Autor*innen ist auch Nnedi Okorafor, Autorin der Binti-Reihe, eine Reihe von Novellen, die sich um die junge Studentin Binti drehen. Man hört viel Gutes über Binti, aber auch einige durchmische Stimmen. Für mich war es leider ein Abbruch nach einem Viertel der Novellen.Um es kurz zu machen: Die Novellen haben einfach nicht für mich funktioniert. Der Schreibs Dieser Tage wird Science Fiction aus Afrika wie auch China immer beliebter. Eine*r der auch in westlichen Ländern immer bekannter werdenden Autor*innen ist auch Nnedi Okorafor, Autorin der Binti-Reihe, eine Reihe von Novellen, die sich um die junge Studentin Binti drehen. Man hört viel Gutes über Binti, aber auch einige durchmische Stimmen. Für mich war es leider ein Abbruch nach einem Viertel der Novellen.Um es kurz zu machen: Die Novellen haben einfach nicht für mich funktioniert. Der Schreibstil war mir zu unpersönlich, die Erzählung zu klinisch. Vor allem auf Binti habe ich keinen guten Blick erhalten und ich konnte sie kaum kennen lernen.Man bekommt dafür jedoch eine Menge Worldbuilding und das ist tatsächlich ein großer Pluspunkt. Die Autorin hat sich hier eine ganze Menge spannender Dinge ausgedacht und zu Papier gebracht. Man hat das Gefühl, in einer lebendigen Welt zu sein, die auch tatsächlich bevölkert ist.Leider, leider ist das allermeiste davon im Tell erzählt, nicht im Show. Es wird dem Leser also berichtet, nicht vorgeführt, sodass man als Leser keinen wirklichen Anteil an der Welt hat und mehr das Gefühl hat, einen Zeitungsartikel zu lesen, statt einer literarischen Erzählung.Somit sind zwar wirklich gute Ansätze da, ich konnte aber absolut keinen Zugang zu ihnen finden. Zudem geht es sehr viel um Mathematik, und das geht mir persönlich ja nun komplett ab.Binti ist also im Kern gut, die Umsetzung scheiterte jedoch für mich. Schade, schade, denn ich musste das Buch daher nach etwa 100 Seiten abbrechen.Ich danke dem Verlag für die Bereitstellung des Rezensionsexemplares!
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  • paperlove
    January 1, 1970
    Ich kann diese Rezension leider nicht ohne Spoiler verfassen, da es sich um eine Gesamtausgabe mit jeweils drei Novellen handelt und der offizielle Klappentext sich eigentlich nur auf die erste davon bezieht. An dieser Stelle muss ich erwähnen, das mir zu Beginn nicht bewusst war, dass es sich um drei eigenständige Geschichten handelt, die man getrennt voneinander betrachten muss. Ich bin anfangs vielmehr davon ausgegangen, dass es sich um eine abgerundete Geschichte handelt und die drei enthalt Ich kann diese Rezension leider nicht ohne Spoiler verfassen, da es sich um eine Gesamtausgabe mit jeweils drei Novellen handelt und der offizielle Klappentext sich eigentlich nur auf die erste davon bezieht. An dieser Stelle muss ich erwähnen, das mir zu Beginn nicht bewusst war, dass es sich um drei eigenständige Geschichten handelt, die man getrennt voneinander betrachten muss. Ich bin anfangs vielmehr davon ausgegangen, dass es sich um eine abgerundete Geschichte handelt und die drei enthaltenen Bände mehr Verbindungen zueinander aufweisen. Und vielleicht war meine Enttäuschung auch der falschen Erwartung geschuldet, die ich an das Buch hatte.1. Novelle:Die erste Novelle ist mit knapp 70 Seiten zwar die kürzeste alle drei Geschichten, rückblickend aber trotzdem die, die mich am meisten packen konnte. Im Mittelpunkt steht Binti, die den Wunsch hegt, sich von ihrer Familie abzuwenden und in eine weit entfernte Universität zu reisen, die sich irgendwo im Weltraum befindet. Auf der Reise dorthin wird das Schiff von Medusen überfallen und sie muss zusehen, wie alle Crewmitglieder sterben - etwas, das einen bleibenden Eindruck bei Binti hinterlässt.Als Leser wird man direkt ins Geschehen hineingeworfen, ohne irgendwelche genaueren Erläuterungen zum Worldbuilding oder den verschiedenen Wesen, die es in diesem Roman gibt. Mir ging das alles ehrlich gesagt etwas zu schnell und ich hätte es schöner gefunden, wenn sich die Autorin mehr Zeit für das Erzählen von Bintis Reise zur Universität gelassen hätte.2. Novelle:Die zweite Novelle spielt einige Zeit nach diesem Vorfall und Binti entschliesst sich, wieder zu ihrer Familie zurückzukehren. Auf ihrer Reise wird sie von Okwu - einer männlichen Medusa - begleitet. Als Binti in ihrer Heimat ankommt erwartet sie aber keine Willkommensfeier, sondern viel mehr Ablehnung von ihrer Familie und ihrem ehemaligen Freund. In Bintis Volk wird es nicht akzeptiert, wenn sich eine alleinstehende Frau einfach so auf eine weite Reise begibt und das lassen sie Binti auch spüren. Und obwohl inzwischen ein Bündnis zwischen den Menschen und den Medusen herrscht, wird es von Bintis Familie nicht toleriert, dass sie mit einer Medusa angereist ist.Binti will sich schliesslich auf eine Pilgerreise begeben, die allerdings anders ausfällt, als sie es sich vorgestellt hat.Auch hier verliert die Autorin keine Zeit und ich hatte Mühe mich in der Geschichte zurecht zu finden. Als sich Binti auf diese Pilgerreise begibt, ist mir der rote Faden immer mehr abhandengekommen und ich weiss bis jetzt nicht so richtig, was da eigentlich passiert ist. 3. Novelle:Zur dritten Novelle kann ich inhaltlich gar nicht so viel schreiben, weil ich im Schlussteil fast gänzlich das Interesse für Bintis Geschichten verloren haben. Auf mich wirkte dass alles zu gehetzt und der emotionslose, distanzierte und nüchterne Schreibstil hat verhindert, dass ich überhaupt eine Bindung zu Binti oder einem der anderen Charaktere aufbauen konnte. Ich habe das Ende dann nur noch quer gelesen.Fazit:Eine starke, weibliche Protagonistin mit afroamerikanischer Abstammung, die viel Potential für eine spannende Geschichte geboten hätte. Leider war es mir durch den emotionslosen Schreibstil nicht möglich, eine Bindung zu dieser aussergewöhnlichen Protagonistin aufzubauen. Ich bin überzeugt davon, dass das Buch als zusammenhängende Geschichte besser funktioniert hätte, denn durch die drei für sich stehenden Novellen wirkte das ein bisschen wild durcheinander gewürfelt. Zudem haben mir ein paar zusätzliche Infos zum Worldbuilding gefehlt. Dadurch, dass die Storys nur so kurz erzählt werden, fand ich es schwierig, mich in dieser Science-Fiction-Welt zurecht zu finden. Ich kann dem Buch deshalb nur 2.5 Sterne vergeben.
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  • Lois Young
    January 1, 1970
    For my complete review, checkout my blog https://mistyaquavenatus.com/2019/02/05/why-you-need-to-read-binti-the-complete-trilogyEvery once in a while you hear about a story that is so unique and so captivating that it is suggested that everyone should read it regardless if it’s not from their preferred genre of literature. "Binti" is a story about a young woman who leaves her home—without her family’s blessing—so that she can take advantage of an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the mos For my complete review, checkout my blog https://mistyaquavenatus.com/2019/02/05/why-you-need-to-read-binti-the-complete-trilogyEvery once in a while you hear about a story that is so unique and so captivating that it is suggested that everyone should read it regardless if it’s not from their preferred genre of literature. "Binti" is a story about a young woman who leaves her home—without her family’s blessing—so that she can take advantage of an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the most prestigious university in the galaxy, Oomza Uni. She boards a spacecraft and it is traveling to a distant planet, and Binti has never been away from her home before. It seems like the story will pick up pace once the spacecraft arrives; only it is attacked by a “hostile” alien species. This is the first part of the first novella in the series by Nnedi Okorafor—which, won both the Nebula and the Hugo awards for “Best Novella”—and, neither the action, nor the story ends with the first novella! "Binti: The Complete Trilogy" contains all of the author's stories in one volume!"Binti" starts off with a simple plot: a gifted young woman goes against her family’s expectations in order to attend an esteemed university. Readers are introduced to Binti’s intelligence for mathematics, abilities as a harmonizer, and Himba culture. At the same time, readers are reminded that human differences and alien versus human culture clashes exist in the future as well. One particular rivalry between the species quickly becomes the center of the story, quickly. Binti has to find a way to survive her new—and unexpected—predicament, which will be hard because the Meduse, the hostile alien species want her dead. "Binti: Sacred Fire" is the latest story written by the author in this series, but it serves as an interlude between the first and the second books in the series. "Binti: Home" is about what is in the title. Binti completes her first semester or year at Oomza Uni and decides to return home to visit her family and to participate in her tribe’s pilgrimage. "Binti: The Night Masquerade" starts where "Binti: Home" left off, with Binti rushing back to her family home after her pilgrimage in order to stop a war before it starts. Within the conclusion to this series, readers realize that not everyone is willing to accept change, not everyone wants to interact with someone who is “different” from themselves, and not everyone is willing to admit he/she/it/they have flaws.It was thrilling to read "Binti" again. And, "Binti: The Complete Trilogy" allows readers to enjoy all of the Binti stories in tandem. Fans of Nnedi Okorafor and readers of speculative fiction will appreciate this series compilation as much as I did. Reading through Binti’s life as a university freshman reminded me of some of my experiences during my first year of college as well, including the changes in myself and the stagnancy of everything else. "Binti" is a story about personal growth through experience and change, and how expectations depend on individual actions, not those of others. This coming-of-age story is pleasing to all readers and it should not be overlooked.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kay Lou
    January 1, 1970
    The Binti trilogy is a very beautiful coming of age story that depicts what it is like to not meet the expectations of those around you and what it means to disagree or be different than your family and culture. Binti chooses to go to Oomza University despite the risk that she will become effectively banished from her home for leaving. Once she leaves, she witnesses a massacre as a result of a class in cultures, and chooses the difficult path of helping reconcile the feud between the Medusae and The Binti trilogy is a very beautiful coming of age story that depicts what it is like to not meet the expectations of those around you and what it means to disagree or be different than your family and culture. Binti chooses to go to Oomza University despite the risk that she will become effectively banished from her home for leaving. Once she leaves, she witnesses a massacre as a result of a class in cultures, and chooses the difficult path of helping reconcile the feud between the Medusae and the Khoush. Contradicting the feelings of her people, she befriends a member of the Medusae and ends up learning more about her family's history and what she can do to broker peace. For my reading preference, the stories felt rushed (which make sense because they are short!). But I really wanted to read more about Binti's history, culture and the Binti-verse. I think that Okorafor has an incredible gift for world-building and writing uniquely imaginative stories- I strongly recommend the Binti Trilogy for readers looking for a quick sci-fi read :)
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  • Harold Smithson
    January 1, 1970
    Binti is a breath of fresh air for people who come from fantasy epics and space operas that inundate the reader with exposition. The three books, all taken together, are about 450 pages long with large margins and a decent font size. Okorafor's pacing is quick-at times perhaps too quick-and even the scenes that are redundant or could have been cut pass by so quickly that they barely register. Even the second book, the most introspective and thoughtful of the trilogy, moves faster than most actio Binti is a breath of fresh air for people who come from fantasy epics and space operas that inundate the reader with exposition. The three books, all taken together, are about 450 pages long with large margins and a decent font size. Okorafor's pacing is quick-at times perhaps too quick-and even the scenes that are redundant or could have been cut pass by so quickly that they barely register. Even the second book, the most introspective and thoughtful of the trilogy, moves faster than most action films.Okorafor's best decision was to frame the trilogy as a story of personal growth, alienation, acceptance, and identity centered around her main character instead of the space opera it could have been. So even when the plot seems contrived (and sometimes it is), the twists are framed in terms of how they contribute to the titular heroine's mental development, giving the reader another way to connect with the story, even when the actual narrative might not make sense. Binti's growth is compelling, and she is ultimately what held the book together for me.Calling Okorafor's writing 'amateurish' is very unfair-there are some great scenes in this trilogy-but I do think it's uneven and there are some lows to balance out the highs. In general, the series never achieved the consistency I hoped it would. I think I understand what Okorafor was trying to do, but while I was ultimately satisfied with the ending to Binti's story and for the most part enjoyed the rest, I can't help but think that she could have gone a bit further.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. The binti sacred fire story fit well here and completed the rest of the trilogy. I love this world. I would love to read more stories of binti!
  • Tiffany Meginnes
    January 1, 1970
    Thematically centered on breaking social norms and customs and figuring out how you can participate and belong to your community while still finding your own place and values and following your own destiny when you feel limited by what others want for you.The first novella was really solid, though the style was really different from how my brain works and for that reason sometimes the information felt like it jumped around. The overall effect was still strong. The second novella (Home) relied on Thematically centered on breaking social norms and customs and figuring out how you can participate and belong to your community while still finding your own place and values and following your own destiny when you feel limited by what others want for you.The first novella was really solid, though the style was really different from how my brain works and for that reason sometimes the information felt like it jumped around. The overall effect was still strong. The second novella (Home) relied on the fact that it was getting a third, which is never something I am terribly fond of, but the general content and themes were really satisfying. The third novella (Night Masquerade) made some good thematic conclusions that were important, I think, but felt like a big mess to me overall in terms of details and scenes and conflicts. Which was a shame. 4/5 stars still recommend. Important considerations: nonbinary alien and trans human characters, hugely anchored in African culture, really cool magic/tech system for something that's ostensibly science-fantasy.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    I’m wavering on how much I liked this book. Book club discussion usually bumps me up a star but no so with this book. There were some elements I loved but too many of them were underdeveloped. And it’s not a good sign when the author has the sentence “it was so...anticlimactic” in their book describing the action. I wouldn’t rule out reading something else by this author based on this book alone but I would probably try something written as a single narrative, rather than a novella with later bo I’m wavering on how much I liked this book. Book club discussion usually bumps me up a star but no so with this book. There were some elements I loved but too many of them were underdeveloped. And it’s not a good sign when the author has the sentence “it was so...anticlimactic” in their book describing the action. I wouldn’t rule out reading something else by this author based on this book alone but I would probably try something written as a single narrative, rather than a novella with later books added on.
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  • Lari
    January 1, 1970
    (*2,5)
  • Starla
    January 1, 1970
    I could not get into this book at all. I tried and got to page 100, but it just wasn't pulling me in still.
  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    A wild mix of species and cultures, all in one book (and one girl!) Quite a ride.
  • Carla Estruch
    January 1, 1970
    I think the new story, Sacred Fire", was an excellent addition for the Binti's story. I had always wanted to know more about Haifa and the Bear!Reading more about Binti is always as coming home.
  • Stefan
    January 1, 1970
    Das Buch hat zwar einige interessante Ideen, aber auch etliche Probleme durch den seltsamen Mix aus Fantasy und Sci-Fi. Insgesamt würde ich das Buch eher in die Fantasy Ecke stecken statt Sci-Fi, trotz Zukunftssetting - einfach weil keine der phantastischen Technologien näher erläutert wird und damit ziemlich magisch wirkt.Durch die Teils enormen Zeitsprünge wirkt die Geschichte sehr bruchstückhaft, was durch die wenig eleganten Wechsel noch verstärkt wird. Von einem Satz zum nächsten vergehen t Das Buch hat zwar einige interessante Ideen, aber auch etliche Probleme durch den seltsamen Mix aus Fantasy und Sci-Fi. Insgesamt würde ich das Buch eher in die Fantasy Ecke stecken statt Sci-Fi, trotz Zukunftssetting - einfach weil keine der phantastischen Technologien näher erläutert wird und damit ziemlich magisch wirkt.Durch die Teils enormen Zeitsprünge wirkt die Geschichte sehr bruchstückhaft, was durch die wenig eleganten Wechsel noch verstärkt wird. Von einem Satz zum nächsten vergehen teilweise Monate oder sogar Jahre ohne Einleitung oder einen Hinweis auf diesen Zeitsprung.Zudem mangelt es der Geschichte an Konsequenzen, selbst dem massenmordenden Erzfeind wird problemlos verziehen - nur nicht den bösen weißen Koush. Die bleiben einfach immer engstirning, herablassend, kriegstreiberisch-böse und eben weiß. In der Hinsicht ist das Buch überraschend rassistisch, denn selbst an den anderen Antagonisten gibt es positive Seiten zu entdecken.So bleibt für mich ein unterhaltsames, aber auch eindimensionales Buch mit einigen interessanten Ideen und einer etwas zähen Story, vor allem gegen Ende hin.
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  • Sharonda Isadora
    January 1, 1970
    You know what? I love this trilogy. The growth of Binti along with the rest of the cast of characters is nothing short of amazing. Binti's strength throughout these three books is a testament of a black woman's perseverance even through the worst of situations in life. Ms. Okarafor's mind is wild...in a good way. This world building is nothing short of amazing. From the planets to the constant diversity of the many species of aliens and humans in Binti. I was completely blown away by it all. Nig You know what? I love this trilogy. The growth of Binti along with the rest of the cast of characters is nothing short of amazing. Binti's strength throughout these three books is a testament of a black woman's perseverance even through the worst of situations in life. Ms. Okarafor's mind is wild...in a good way. This world building is nothing short of amazing. From the planets to the constant diversity of the many species of aliens and humans in Binti. I was completely blown away by it all. Nigh Masquerade did fall a bit short for me mainly because after the climax in the middle of the story, I felt like some things were unnecessarily added to add length and some things...just some could have been left out. But at the end of it all, it's a good completion to Binit's story...everything wraps up nicely.
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  • keikii Eats Books
    January 1, 1970
    To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books!72 points, 3 stars.Binti runs away from home to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Her talent for mathematics makes her a desired student, and she wants to go. Her parents and her beliefs tell her not to. Yet she does anyway, and she finds more in space than she wanted. She wanted to be a student, but what she finds is the Medusae, a jellyfish-like alien, who attack her spaceship and all the consequences that enta To read more reviews in this series and others, check out keikii eats books!72 points, 3 ¾ stars.Binti runs away from home to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Her talent for mathematics makes her a desired student, and she wants to go. Her parents and her beliefs tell her not to. Yet she does anyway, and she finds more in space than she wanted. She wanted to be a student, but what she finds is the Medusae, a jellyfish-like alien, who attack her spaceship and all the consequences that entails.I feel weird, but I didn't really care too much for Binti. I really wanted to, all my friends liked it. In fact, I tried very hard to like Binti, I just couldn't after the first novella. The story started out good enough. A bit Young Adult for my tastes, but I can get past that if I like the characters and I like the story. I was really interested about the aliens and the college, and cool things about the series. Everything should of worked, but just didn't work together for me.Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib is smart. Very, very smart. Her ability to do mathematics in her head has landed her a scholarship to the best school in the universe: Oomza University. She is Himba, a group of isolated traditionalists in a desert that doesn't get much water. She covers herself with otjize, a red clay mixture, or else she feels naked - it is part of her culture. She is also young, and in some ways feels child-like, younger than she is supposed to.After running away from home without telling her parents, who don't want her to leave because of traditions, Binti heads to Oomza University. Only, on the way she encounters trouble. The jellyfish-like aliens, the Meduse, attack the ship she is on and kill everyone on board but her, because a mystical device stops them. And what they do to her is, in some ways (to her), worse. Yet they are able to make friends by the end of the encounter and become allies.The thing I think the book does the best is follow up on what happened in that spaceship with Binti. See, she doesn't just get over seeing the entire ship murdered around her. She ends up having some serious PTSD. She carries the guilt of a survivor, and she carries it with her always. It really improves the character.The world is very, very weird. Like, weird enough that I was sometimes flabbergasted at what I just read. A lot of things happened and a lot of things were introduced that just weren't really well thought out before they were poorly introduced. Key parts of the plot just didn't work right because things just didn't make sense in the face of what we had learned. A lot of time there wasn't any follow through at all. I needed to be told much more about this world before I accepted it would be believable, and I just never got it.The thing I disliked the least was her family. I hated them. I ran into the same problem in Binti as I had in The Grass People: the traditionalists are running things and refuse to listen to anything else. However in some ways, I felt like it was worse in Binti because the evidence is surrounding them, and they refuse to even look at it. They're so wrapped up in their own rightness and their own persecutions, they look down on everyone but themselves. They look down on anyone of themselves who don't follow exactly the right steps that they are supposed to do, too.And that includes Binti, a young woman who just wants to learn. Her biggest crime is learning when they told her she couldn't, where they told her she couldn't. And for that they hate her. Including her own family. They tell her she will never have a future, that she will always be the least among them. And she believes them. And I hate it.The end was just weird. The very ending didn't really feel like an ending. But even before that, the climax just didn't feel right to me. Dire plot happenings were repeated for feelings, but it didn't work the first time for me, and it didn't work the second or third time either. I'm just ambivalent about the whole book, and if there were more to come out of this I don't think I'd read it.
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  • Sinah
    January 1, 1970
    Binti ist einfach ein wirklich unfassbar gutes Buch. Es hat mich so dermaßen überrascht und in den Bann gezogen, dass ich es in so schnell beendet habe, wie ich schon lange kein Buch mehr beendet habe.Zu gerne würde ich mal einen Blick in den Kopf der Autorin werfen. Dies war meine erster Gedanke, nachdem ich das Buch beendet hatte. Ich glaube das sie eine ganz wundervolle und besondere Perönlichkeit hat, denn anders kann ich mir die vielen Ideen der Autorin nicht erklären.Das Ganze ist eine Sci Binti ist einfach ein wirklich unfassbar gutes Buch. Es hat mich so dermaßen überrascht und in den Bann gezogen, dass ich es in so schnell beendet habe, wie ich schon lange kein Buch mehr beendet habe.Zu gerne würde ich mal einen Blick in den Kopf der Autorin werfen. Dies war meine erster Gedanke, nachdem ich das Buch beendet hatte. Ich glaube das sie eine ganz wundervolle und besondere Perönlichkeit hat, denn anders kann ich mir die vielen Ideen der Autorin nicht erklären.Das Ganze ist eine Sci-Fi Geschichte, die wunderbare verknüpft ist mir den Aspekten ihrer nigerianischen Herkunft, ohne dabei überladen zu wirken. Und wenn ich jetzt noch damit starten würde, welche Rolle die Mathematik in dem Buch spielt, dann würdet ihr sicherlich alle große Augen machen. Aber all diese Aspekte lässt die Autorin perfekt ineinanderfleißen und sich gegenseitig ergänzen. Alleine diese Kombination macht die Geschichte für mich zu etwas ganz besonderem."Als ich vor den Sicherheitskontrollen stand, spürte ich, wie jemand an meinen Haaren zog. Ich drehte mich um und entdeckte einige Khoush-Frauen. Sie starrten mich an; alle Leute hinter mir starrten mich an."- Binti, Nnedi Okorafor, S. 12 - Auch unterschwellig werden Themen angesprochen, ohne dabei mit dem Zeigefinger darauf zu zeigen. Rassismus, Hass, Ausgrenzung, Tradition und Anderssein. Binti ist eine Himba und für viele eine Art Rarität und gleichzeitig eine Art Monster. Ohne aber dabei einem das Gefühl zu geben, es ginge darum aufzuweisen wie schlecht Rassismus ist, arbeitet Nnedi Okorafor diese Thematik ein. Es wird Teil der Geschichte und dennoch regt es zum Nachdenken an. Ich finde es einfach optimal gelöst, denn es wird nicht zu einem großen Thema gemacht, welches am Ende die eigentliche Geschichte überblendet.Versteht mich nicht falsch, es IST ein wichtiges Thema (über welches auch gesprochen werden muss) aber hier wird es in die Geschichte eingebaut und Teil des Ganzen. Es gehört zu Bintis Leben dazu. Trotzdem macht man sich als Leser Gedanken.Für alle Fans von Science Fiction ist natürlich auch gesorgt. Es gibt verschiedene Welten, Wesen, Pflanzen, Technologien und vieles mehr - und allesamt wirklich super interessant und spannend.Zu gerne hätte ich eine illustrierte Version dieses Buches oder eine Art Lexikon über all die Wesen, Pflanzen und Co. Nnedi Okorafor schreibt dabei sehr bildlich, wodurch man sich alles sehr gut vorstellen kann und sofort entsprechende Bilder im Kopf hat.Der Schreibstil ist auch eher untypisch und sicherlich nicht jedermanns Sache, dennoch hat sie mich von Seite eins an in den Band ziehen können. Auch die Fremdwörter, welche aus den Sprachen der Himba, Medusen etc. entspringen, fand ich nicht überfordernd - im Gegenteil, es passt perfekt. Ich empfand die Geschichte als sehr detailreich und spannend, wozu auch der Schreibstil beigetragen hat.FazitBinti konnte mich einfach komplett begeistern und ich werde definitiv mehr von der Autorin lesen. Das Buch, bestehend aus drei Novellen, überzeugt durch einen ganz eigenen Stil und unglaublich kreativer Ideen. Ich habe stets nach dem Lesen noch über all die wunderbaren Ideen und angesprochenen Themen nachgedacht. Trotz der komplexen Geschichte, habe ich nie den Durchblick verloren.Was soll ich sagen? Ich bin begeistert, sprachlos und ein Fan von Nnedi Okorafor geworden. Lest es! Es lohnt sich.
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