Title: Akata Witch/Akata Warrior
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Page Count: 462 pages
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
I’ve done a dual review for both Akata Witch & Akata Warrior as a whole for this review! No spoilers I promise. The synopsis is for Akata Witch so you don’t get any spoilers. I love this duology so much! Nnedi Okorafor is beyond her time in her writing.
Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?
When I was growing up there was a tiny section in the library that held “teen” books and didn’t have much. I remember instead I floated over to the adult fantasy books and I would read those. The younger generation is so so lucky to have this world of books that gets bigger and bigger each year. I think Akata Witch and Akata Warrior are the best books for teens who do not identify with the typical teen seen portrayed on tv. The main character in this duology is female, African (although spends her most formative years in America), albino and a kick-ass witch!
Okorafor, the author of the Binti series (which you should also read and you have no excuse because they’re novellas and they’re around 100 pages, that’s like one coffee’s length) creates another amazing character in an amazing world. My favourite part about her books is learning about African culture. I can feel the juju magic reaching for me out of the page. I can see the spirits as they float between the letters. I’m using imagery here because that’s what the authors writing does to me! It makes me want to write.
While Akata Witch is written more towards the middle grade ages, Akata Warrior is written towards the young adults. But you know.. these books are for everyone! I love how unique Okorafor’s characters are and so will you. Highly, highly recommend!
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review, can’t wait for more from Nnedi Okorafor!**