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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Remote Control

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­--a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks--alone, except for her fox companion--searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?"


Remote Control is a standalone sci-fi novella by Nnedi Okorafor.

While this wasn't necessarily bad, this wasn't really what I was expecting this to be. I thought this would lean more into the concept of her being the adopted daughter of death, but I didn't really feel she was. She was clearly different from everyone else, but I found that she was ultimately just a child with some strange abilities.

I also wasn't particularly interested in the story. This mostly just follows Sankofa on her journey to find something that was taken from her. I wish that this had more to it. I also found the ending to be a bit strange.

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