Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Released: January 31st, 2017
I received a copy of Binti: Home in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Home is the second novella in the Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. It takes place about a year after the events in Binti. That means it’s been a year since Binti resolved the war between two races. A year since she arrived on another planet. A year since she started class at Oozma University. A year since she’s been home.
There’s a short story in between the first novella and the second, called The Sacred Fire that I would absolutely look into.
This was a beautifully written novella. Binti was so lost and confused – as many in her position would be. She’s had to learn to be herself thousands of miles from home, having lost the support structure she grew up with. She knows she turned against her culture in some ways, while desperately clinging to what she has left.
If that wasn’t enough, she also has the trauma of what she went through to get here, and the physical changes brought onto her because of her proximity to it all. So of course Binti is lost and confused. It makes perfect sense.
Binti’s search for finding peace within and for herself was beautifully written. She has so much to balance in her life, and while some of it may seem to surreal to put ourselves in her shoes, many other elements feel so familiar that it aches.
The revelations about Binti’s culture and her family was fascinating. It explains so much about her character; who she is and why she has made some of the choices in her past. It put an interesting light on the whole situation.
I’m very much looking forward to reading the third novella in the series, The Night Masquerade. I have a lot of questions that still need answers, and I’m counting on the final novella for all of that.