Review: Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Publisher: Tor.com
Released: January 19th, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Death, animal death

I received a copy of Remote Control in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Nnedi Okorafor has done it again. She’s created another thrilling science fiction read, and she’s done so with elegance and intelligence. Remote Control is a dark yet surprisingly brilliant novella, one that I can’t recommend enough.

There was a time when Fatima considered herself a normal girl. Those days are gone. Her name is gone now. It has been ever since Death crossed her path. Now she carries it with her, bringing it to those that ask for it – and sometimes those that deserve it, but won’t ask for it.

When she lost her name, she took up another one. Sankofa. Now she and her best (and only) friend, a little fox, travel the country following a trail that only she can spot. But to what end?

“Sankofa smiled, glad that he had not run like his sister. She hated when that happened. It always made her feel that ache she worked so hard to mute.”

Remote Control was such a compelling and intense read, it’s almost difficult to find words to explain how much I loved it. Needless to say, Nnedi Okorafor has once again succeeded in knocking my socks off.

Sankofa’s story is heartbreaking yet beautiful, in ways that are compelling and so utterly human. All while portraying something that for many, should feel anything but. It’s all the evidence needed to prove Okorafor’s mastery in writing.

This is a novella that will gut you, tear out your heart, and then stomp on it. All before placing it gently back in your chest. After all of that – you will thank it for the experience. It’s that powerful, and that stunning.

I love all the thoughts and feelings that were explored over the course of this story. Her journey is a more literal one than many of us will face, and yet there is something so inescapable about the concept.

All things considered, I find myself desperately hoping that Remote Control is only the start of Sankofa’s adventures. I want to read more. No, I need to read more, about this one girl and her forever companion.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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