Title: Home by Nndi Okorafor
Published: January 31st 2017 by Tor
Page Count: 176
Where’d I Get It: Netgalley (eARC)
Rating: 4 stars
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?
I was pleasantly surprised by Binti when I grabbed the audiobook from the library, convinced, once again, that I would get through all the Hugo nominees. That hasn’t happened yet, but Binti was an interesting journey undertaken by one young woman, on a ship full of monsterous, war hungry aliens.
This novella picks up where the first one left off, only this time Binti has completed some of her University courses. She’s feeling off about herself, her body changed from the alien DNA flowing through her system. This helps her decide to go home, attempt to take the pilgrimage the people of her tribe traditionally undergo. She brings her alien friend with her, a promise of safe passage for him, even though his people and the industrious people of her planet have been warring forever.
At home, she’s chastised by her family. Her best friend won’t even talk to her. She feels more out of sorts back home than she ever did at the University where she’s studying. Her promise to complete her pilgrimage is all that keeps her there, but before she can, she is swept away by the savage desert nomads.
She has to learn a lot about herself, her prejudices and her family’s way of raising her. It’s all very eye opening for Binti, who was pretty sure she was becoming more accepting and mindful at the University. I really enjoyed accompanying Binti on another journey within herself, as she navigates the world around her.
The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the cliffhanger. I can only assume and hope the author will be penning more of Binti’s adventures because that was one really quick drop off I had not signed up for.