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Review: Home

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Home by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This sequel to “Binti” directly addresses the issues I had with the first story (in my review, here:…). (Yeah, maybe being buddies with an inscrutable alien terrorist and bringing him home to meet the fam isn’t the 100% BEST idea ever.) However, the first story was a more complete-feeling, self-contained piece of writing. “Home” is more of a “what happened next” piece.

After a semester at Oomza University, Binti gets antsy/homesick, and returns home for a visit. However, the ‘welcome’ she gets from her extended family and her old friends isn’t all that she hoped. As a matter of fact, everything’s worse than it was to start with, as people feel betrayed and resentful of her.

But then, Binti is called out to the desert, where revelations are in store… And, I have to admit, I had more issues with this part of the story. It’s “TOO MUCH SPECIAL.” Binti is already doubly special, with her math talents and her now-part-alien DNA. But now we’re adding in another layer of special, and that layer also requires some awkward-feeling retrofitting of the initial scenario, which there were no clues to in the first story at all. I felt like it was decided on after the fact.

However, Binti and her adventures are still charming and entertaining. There will undoubtedly be more escapades, and I’d be willing to read them.

Many thanks to Tor and NetGalley for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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