BINTIAuthor: Nnedi Okorafor
Series: Binti #1
Source: Purchased from Kobo
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: 3/5 stars
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.
If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself - but first she has to make it there, alive.
There was so much of this one that I loved but I did have some problems with it that were glaring and I couldn't ignore. But this was a great novella length story and it did everything I needed it to within that time frame without me wanting it to be longer to solve the problems so I would recommend this if you're looking for a short Science Fiction read.
I thought the beginning wasn't as captivating as I would have liked it to be. I knew going into it that it was a short read (120 pages!) so I wasn't expecting the beginning to drag on as much as I felt as it did. I wanted to jump into the action quicker but because of the set up, I was disappointed it was over so quickly. There was so much more I wanted to learn about how the ship travelled to the school and what they were learning on the ship but that was over too quickly for my liking.
I did however like the race relations and the mythos behind Binti and her people. I thought that was really well explained and well done. I didn't have any additional questions surrounding that and liked how it was incorporated into the alien race we saw. That part was also really interesting and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but that was probably my favourite part.
I am glad there are more short stories set in this world with this character. I can't wait to read more about Binti and her time at the university and going home. Definitely recommend this one.