They say that when faced with a fight you cannot win, you can never predict what you will do next. But I’d always known I’d fight until I was killed.
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.
This novella was the 2015 Nebulla winner and boy does it ever deserve all the awards! It is amazing to me when an author can capture the voice of a character from page one. As soon as I picked it up I felt Binti in my heart. This is a wonderful book that showcases the power, strength, intelligence and beauty of women.
The journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance Binti took was amazing. I had my eyes glued to the page and could not tear them away. As someone who is not a big fan of science fiction this was the perfect story to change my mind. Everything was explained well and beautifully illustrated. Binti is an amazing read for sci-fi and non sci-fi readers.