Who Fears Death
In a far-future, post-apocalyptic Saharan Africa, genocide plagues one region. When the only surviving member of a slain village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand, and instinctively knows her daughter is different. ...more
The Publisher Says: An award-winning literary author presents her first foray into supernatural fantasy with a novel of post- apocalyptic Africa.
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl ...more
This is an excellent story, blending quest, myth, magic, cautionary t ...more
Set in an alternate/post-apocalyptic/futuristic African desert (with magic) "Who Fears Death" opens with a teenage Onyesonwu at her father's funeral. Grieving, she briefly and unintentionally starts to bring him back to life. She is a sorcerer, feared and hated because of her powers and her parentage. Her abilities, though spectacular, mostly endanger her and cause her suffering. But they also lead her on a quest to save her mother's people from impending war, slavery, ...more
Who Fears Death is set quite far in the future, but since the people of the story are ignorant of their history it's never clear just where they are in time, r ...more
In Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic Sudan, there are two predominant ethnic factions: the light-skinned Nuru and the dark-skinned Okeke. Who Fears Death takes place amid a genocide that the Nuru commit against the Okeke, a campaign that (like genocides in our own time) includes both murder and rape. The mixed-race offspring of a Nu ...more
Onyesonwu, the heroine of Who Fears Death, is an African young woman, engendered through the rape of her mother by a fierce soldier from an enemy tribe. Thus she is part of a generation of outcasts called Ewu who are half-breeds with light skin and hair, rejected by both tribes. Her heritage is one of anger and violence but she is no victim. Instead, due to a strong will and fearless nature she becomes a rarity: a female sorceress. Her name means "Who Fears Death?"
The novel is dark, exciting, da ...more
This is the tale of Onyesonwu, a girl who's as obnoxious as she is mad. She doesn't think life is all that fair to the women in ol' Africa, and so she sets out to learn juju so that she can take revenge on her father (the guy who ...more
Onyesonwu is a bi-racial female in post-apocalyptic Sudan. The first half is her growing up as an outcast and beginning her training as a sorceress. The second half is her journeying across the desert to confront her evil sorcerer father, revenge her mother and hopefully end the racial genocide. It starts out with minor magic realist elements then slowly adds in ...more
It's a fantasy and very fantastical at that--but is grounded in some very real and dark issues. The story is set in post apocalpytic Sudan, where genocide, weaponized rape, and female circumcision are common. ...more
Some distance in the future, when disaster and the weight of centuries have turned our present time into echoes, a girl named Onyesonwu – ‘Who Fears Death’ – is born of violence, her Okeke raped by a Nuru man, as p ...more
We follow the story of Onyesonwu who is Ewu. Her mother was raped by a Nuru man who invaded her village. She is raised f ...more
The book is set in post-apocalyptic Africa, an ...more
This is not my typical fare, but I'm glad to have read it. It's a mixed bag genre-wise, being a fantasy set in post-apocalyptic Africa. There's a bit of science fiction here, but it's not well developed and not important to the plot, which is driven by the magical education of Onyesonwu, a "chosen one" character picked to stop genocide.
Of particular int ...more
But- while the ideas woven into this novel are chewy and ones I will be thinking on for a long time- mostly when reading it's a powerful and beaut ...more
I won't recap the premise of the book, but I was a little unsure of it at first. The plot made me think of an African version of Harry Potter, determined to defeat evil with the help of magic and, most of all, by relying on friends. Sounded a bit like the coming-of-age stuff I usually steer clear of.
There is a lot of adult content in this book, both violent and sexual. Nothing is so overt that it detracts from the story, though.
The cha ...more
Revealing details would suck a lot of the fun from this book. ...more
Who Fears Death is in some ways a pretty standard-issue power fantasy/quest narrative. It features a prophesied savior, her ragtag group of friends, magical mentors, and a dark lord with a baleful, red, staring eye. It's Star Wars or Lord of the Rings or Shannara, only in post-apocalyptic Africa (specifically, Sudan), and the prophesied savior, her friends, her mentors, and her enemies are all African. It's a welcome change from the nearly endless "variety" of Western European-inspired fantasy s...more
Unfortunately, those last few chapters were rushed, and simplistic, and the actual magical task the character had to carry out made very little sense. So I came away very dissatisfied with the end of what had been a promising book for most of the time I was reading it.
I blame the prophesy. I'm coming to feel that it is never a good idea to stick a ...more
Some of those differences: This is good post ...more
In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled “Weapons of Mass Creation”, The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.
Her YA novels include AKATA WITCH (an Amazon.com Best Bo ...more