Review: BINTI HOME by Nnendi Okorafor

*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review

SFF Coming-of-Age

Available today, January 31, 2017

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Description:

The thrilling sequel to the Nebula-nominated Binti.

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she left her family to pursue her dream.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

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*I received an ARC from NetGalley for an unbiased review

Gah!

Cliffhangers.

I loathe cliffhangers, I’ve stopped buying authors who do it a lot because it just drives me crazy. This is a personality thing with me, I like a finished story arc, no matter how long the story is, short story, novella, 700 page super-novel, I need an ending. I mean, I even wait until a season of shows is finished and available on netflix so I can binge the whole season at my will.

Me? Impatient? YES.

Binti home ends on a cliffhanger.

It would’ve been a perfect book without that leaving-me-wanting-ending.The worldbuilding is as wonderful as the first novella, absolutely phenomenal. Ms. Okorafor’s storytelling is as beautifully and intricately written as the first installment. We get some more detail in this continuation.

The voice reaches out and grabs you, and makes you need to keep reading.

I’d have loved the book for those reasons alone, as well as the continuance of the coming-of-age story we started in Binti. I really enjoy when we get more in a series of coming of age stories. I love the discovery of that wonderful time in a person’s life, where they’re figuring themselves out. But I also really want more story after that.

I got some more with this, and now I need even more and hope that there will be another novella (or dare I hope for a novel?) in the Binti series.

Scores:

Readability: 5/5 stars. A quick, fast-paced read bogged down a little by Binti’s hesitancy in responding to her family. It’s accurate for the character, even if it’s not my personal preference to see in a character’s personality.

Arcs: 2/5. CLIFFHANGER. Ugh. Some people like them, some people don’t, I don’t. So that kinda messed up the ending of the book for me. Other than that, it’s a nice continuance of the story we started in book 1.

Craft: 5/5. As usual, Ms. Okorafor’s work is clear, crisp and beautifully detailed.

Would I buy the book for a friend? Yes. I’d buy it for a friend who loves intricate worldbuilding and unique storytelling.

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