A couple days ago I was describing Octavia Butler as the only female African American science fiction author that I could think of. The next day I received an email from Amazon about a book they thought I would like. I tend to ignore most of those emails, but I opened this one. I read a few reviews and picked up Binti. (Binti won both Hugo and Nebula awards for best novella in 2015.)
Binti is a 96 page novella. It was cheap and I was looking for something quick and different. Once I was on Goodreads, I saw that a couple of friends had read and liked Binti. And Friday evening John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) tweeted about reading the follow up book, Binti: Home.
Binti is the name of the main character. She is a 16 year old that has been accepted (and given full scholarships) to Oomza University, the best university in the galaxy. Binti’s family is from a traditional African village. While they trade with outsiders (her father is a skilled craftsman), they do not leave. Binti decides to accept the offer to study at Oomza University. She leaves without telling her family.