Book Review: Binti ☆☆☆

bintiHer 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. – Goodreads


  • Title: Binti (Binti #1)
  • Author: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera


Okorafor does a great job getting across the culture of Binti’s people the Himba, but I would have loved to delve deeper into Binti’s character. I want to know more about the university, and all these alien species which are only briefly mentioned. We see a kind of tribal/healing magic, but I don’t know if it really is magic or just a natural salve which works on a specific species. There is some math mentioned, but there isn’t enough time to incorporate it in a meaningful way. Then there’s the twist at the end. I need to know how this will effect Binti. The story itself is pretty good, but it happens so fast I didn’t really get a chance to process it before it was over.

Here’s the deal.. I liked this novella, but I would have liked it much more in a longer format. The paperback I read had 90 pages, but really it was more like 80. Far too few to give this story justice. That being said I will continue the series when I can.

My Rating: ☆☆☆


4 thoughts on “Book Review: Binti ☆☆☆

  1. I felt the exact same way about this novella. I’m ok if a few questions are left unanswered but with Binti it felt more like some things were underdeveloped. I think the author wasted a lot of time with Binti doing nothing instead of developing more the world and the plot.
    I’m interested in knowing more about this world and the relationship between human culture, knowledge and alien life. Hopefully, the next one will be a lot better.

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    1. Agreed. The scope of the story and worldbuilding was too great for the format I think. I’m hoping Home (Binti #2), and any future installments flesh it out more because it has a lot of potential!


  2. I’ve heard similar musings- people like it but they want more of it! Maybe the second installment will provide that. *crosses fingers* Thanks for the review!


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