I read this book as it was recommended on some list somewhere. That and I really liked the cover. I am not much for fairy tale books. Yet, the book read more like a contemporary novel. For a good portion of the book the only fairy tale reference was a book that was written by Alice's grandmother.
The story took a bit to get to the point, but I enjoyed the journey there. I may have enjoyed more then the fairy tale aspect. That part was a bit of a letdown. The book was Gothic, but nothing too dark - I am a wuss so this worked in the books favor for me.
I did enjoy the more character driven aspect of the story, again it was more contemporary than fairy tale. Overall, I found this book enjoyable but not a masterpiece.
Binti is more of a novella than a novel. The story was over as soon as I felt comfortable in the world. It is an amazing world based on African culture in relation to human culture in relation to alien culture. The interplay between cultures is worthy of a thesis.
What really gripped me is how Okorafor was able to draw the reader in, even a reader with no familiarity with African culture, to the heritage of Binti. It started with the very first line of the story. Then through simple narration the reader learned of an important culture and a futuristic Earth without once having to actually be told about it. The storytelling is genius.
My one critique is that I wish the Meduse were described in more depth, especially given their importance. The story focuses on Binti so much that the Meduse are more of an abstract entity that by the time I realize their importance I have either lost all appropriate descriptions or they were never there.
I will, without a doubt, be finishing this series.
I had added this book to my TBR list due to the adamant admiration of a BookTuber - I can no longer remember who, but thank you!
This book is a fantasy novel set, in part, in Egypt. It focuses on middle eastern mysticism and acknowledges mysticism from other regions (how cool is that?). The main character is unusual from the start of the novel. She is making her way as an independent women in a society where women were as good as livestock.
The book starts strong with diversity, feminism, intriguing magic, and vivid characters. I was hooked right away and was singing the praise of this novel to other readers that I know. Unfortunately, I feel like the novel lost some of its polish later in the novel. It got a little boring, the characters got a little cliche, and I do not think the ending was as strong as it could have been. Even with that this is a strong five star book.
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