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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain


Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

"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."


Binti is the first installment of the sci-fi series of the same name by Nnedi Okorafor.

Short and sweet and packed with a punch. This was a delightfully interesting novella. There was so much packed into less than 100 pages. I loved learning about the aspects of Binti's culture and seeing her interact through that with other life forms.

As this was a bit short, it may have been more beneficial I had just continued straight into the next one.

If you want a good sci-fi story steeped in culture, give this a shot.

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