The Binti Series – Nnedi Okorafor (2024)

“In Binti: Home, Okorafor sends her heroine back to Earth on a quest to reconcile the new, conflicting parts of herself with her roots…Okorafor’s writing is even more beautiful than I remember it being in Binti, evocative and sharply elegant in its economy….What Binti: Home says, ultimately, is that traveling the galaxy is relatively easy compared to understanding ourselves and each other — and that this is crucial, necessary work.”

-NPR, Amal El-Mohtar, for HOME

“Binti: Home is a rich, complex story of identity, family, and friendship. It’s the rare sequel that exceeds the expectations set by the first–a futuristic story that is nonetheless vivid, emotional, and timeless.”

-Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series and Carve the Mark (HOME)

“Binti’s adventures thus far blend high-concept science fiction ideas with genuine heart and humanity, but most of all, they showcase one of the richest, most compelling characters in recent sci-fi.”

-Barnes & Noble SFF (HOME)

“[Binti: Home] opens up Binti’s tale in astonishing ways, while provocatively exploring questions of identity and kinship.”

-Chicago Tribune (HOME)

“It very much feels like Binti’s journey has only just begun…the novella ends on a nail-biting cliff-hanger of intergalactic proportions.”

-Kirkus Review (HOME)

“Binti is a compact gem of adventure, bravery and other worlds. Nnedi Okorafor efficiently and effectively uses the short format to create a visual, suspenseful ride. And the heroine, Binti, invites us along to participate in her secret mission. From the start she is special and destined for greater things, but without knowing the tests that will challenge her resilience. As a result, her heroism and vulnerabilities grab our attention, holding tight until the end.”

-USA Today (BINTI)

“Binti is a supreme read about a smart, edgy Afropolitan in space! It’s a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!”

-Wanuri Kahiu, award-winning Kenyan film director of Pumzi and From a Whisper

“Full of the author’s trademark inventiveness, Home follows Okorafor’s compelling protagonist through a series of events that strip Binti of her comforts, her safe spaces, and her familiar tools in order to prepare Binti for the next stage of her journey.”

-SFRA (Science Fiction Research Association) Review (HOME)

“Binti is like Ripley, having to deal with death and drama but in a really clever way that drinks from the pool of who she is. It’s a beautiful, heady, a bit scary, and ultimately fulfilling piece of fiction that made me cry in its last paragraph because of its hopeful, uplifting ending.”

-Kirkus Reviews (BINTI)

“Nnedi Okorafor pens a gorgeous novella set in the outer reaches of space, starring a brave, brilliant girl named Binti. Part coming-of-age tale, part science fiction adventure, Binti is as a whole relatable, beautiful and hard to put down until you’ve reached the last page.”

-Heroes and Heartbreakers, Mala Bhattacharjee (BINTI)

“There’s a lot going on below the surface of Binti, as there always is in Okorafor’s work. Her language is always simple, deceptively so, since there are multiple intriguing ideas and concepts at play in the narrative. …Okorafor’s stories are where the ancient cultures of Africa meet the future, where what we have been and what makes us human meets what we can be and what we may be in the future.”, Mahvesh Murad (BINTI)

“Told in Okorafor’s distinctive visual style, Binti is a wonderful and memorable coming of age story which, to paraphrase Lord of the Rings, shows that one girl can change the course of the galaxy.”

-The Geek Syndicate (BINTI)

“My first reaction on finishing this novella was just the word “wow” repeated over and over again. This is a stunning work of science fiction.”

-Galaxy Girls and Lady Knights (BINTI)

“There is a good bit of “stellar travels” and “alien warfare,” so lovers of science fiction are certainly in for a thrill!”

-Brittle Paper (BINTI)

“Not only is it a story about an intensely clever, brave and compassionate young woman who finds herself doing several things for the first time, it’s also a first contact story. The brilliance of it lies in just how many versions of that first contact Okorafor folds into the text.”

-Alastair Stuart (BINTI)

“Equal parts thriller, adventure, and quest, this work also serves as a timely parable about the power of educating girls. In spite of every possible obstacle, Binti is a girl determined to succeed, whose acute intellect will save her world.”

-Alastair Stuart (BINTI)

“Equal parts thriller, adventure, and quest, this work also serves as a timely parable about the power of educating girls. In spite of every possible obstacle, Binti is a girl determined to succeed, whose acute intellect will save her world.”

-School Library Journal (starred review) (BINTI)

“Within a small space, Okorafor efficiently depicts several distinct cultures and portrays a strong and unusual heroine. A cliff-hanger ending promises more excitement to come.”

-Publishers Weekly, (HOME)

It is best to start with the first book in the series, Binti (2015). Those who do will be rewarded with the painterly imagery that describes Binti’s worlds and the satisfying ending she has been working toward for three books.


Binti’s powerful feelings of displacement, loss, grief, and joy make this entertaining narrative vivid, funny, and memorable.

–Publishers Weekly

The prose is vivid and unadorned, the pacing strong, and then developed as a whole deeply compelling.

–Locus Magazine

The Binti Series – Nnedi Okorafor (2024)


What is the Binti series about? ›

Brief summary

Binti is a captivating science fiction novella that follows the journey of a young Himba girl who embarks on a life-changing odyssey to attend Oomza University, where she must confront her cultural traditions and forge new alliances.

What order to read Binti? ›

It is best to start with the first book in the series, Binti (2015). Those who do will be rewarded with the painterly imagery that describes Binti's worlds and the satisfying ending she has been working toward for three books.

Is Binti a horror? ›

Binti is an Africanfuturist science fiction horror novella written by Nnedi Okorafor. The novella was published in 2015 by

What is the theme statement of Binti? ›

Nnedi Okorafor's Binti is a sci-fi novel infused with themes of postcolonial studies. It explores what happens when the transformative journey of a new generation encounters the other, in two different societies: one, the oppressed, and the other (the oppressor).

What age is Binti appropriate for? ›

Many laughs and warm moments--Binti, herself, is a complete joy. I don't remember anything the least age sensitive--although the story is a little complicated so that's why seems best for 10 and up.

What is the trauma in Binti? ›

We see Binti dealing with the aftermath of her trauma; we see that the Himba people's marginalization and oppression does not make them immune to prejudices of their own; and we see Binti's painful, complicated relationship with her family, who feel both proud of her accomplishments and betrayed by her leaving.

How long does it take to read Binti? ›

How long does it take to read the Binti Series? It takes about 13 Hours and 37 minutes on average for a reader to read the Binti Series.

Is Binti a YA novel? ›

Last year in two separate classes, I had the opportunity to read Binti, a YA trilogy written by the amazing Nnedi Okorafor, a Black science fiction author.

How old is Binti in the book Binti? ›

Binti is the novella's titular protagonist; she's a 16-year-old girl from the Himba tribe. Binti is a gifted mathematician and “master harmonizer”; she, like many Himba, can manipulate mathematical currents and create sophisticated devices like astrolabes.

What race is Binti? ›

Binti's tribe, the Himba, is a minority group skilled in the construction of specialized communication devices, but which chooses to maintain a traditional lifestyle in their village. They are dominated and oppressed by the Khoush, a group that wields a significant amount of power over the planet's inhabitants.

What happened at the end of Binti? ›

Binti painfully pulls her fingers off the edan. She sees a current running between herself and the Meduse and feels a stinger plunge into her neck. To the reader, Binti says that she died when she left home because she incorrectly assumed she'd be able to return and continue her life as though nothing happened.

Who is the enemy in Binti? ›

The Meduse are as frightening and ruthless an enemy as you can find anywhere in science fiction. The move like water, killing quickly and indiscriminately. The Meduse that board Binti's ship share her destination, determined to raid the planet as part of their ongoing war with humanity, or at least part of humanity.

Why does Binti leave her family? ›

Binti's people are the Himba, a sedentary group that live in their ancestral home in the desert—and never leave. Although Binti knows she has likely ruined her relationship with her family, she is leaving anyway, to become the first Himba to study at an interplanetary university—Oomza Uni.

What does otji*ze symbolize in Binti? ›

The otji*ze symbolizes Binti's Himba culture and her changing relationship to it. Otji*ze is a traditional mixture of reddish clay, oils, and perfumes that the Himba spread over their bodies and hair. It marks them as Himba, and especially for Binti, it's a point of pride to wear it.

Who or what does Binti pray to in her room? ›

There's a Meduse behind Heru. Even though it's blasphemy in Binti's culture to pray to inanimate objects, Binti still prays to her edan to protect her.

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