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(Binti #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  21,479 ratings  ·  2,603 reviews
It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on E
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James I would say yes. Al tough this book explains the basics of what happened before, the first book does a pretty good job introducing the main character,…moreI would say yes. Al tough this book explains the basics of what happened before, the first book does a pretty good job introducing the main character, how she feels and why she's making this journey.(less)

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Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!

This is my third Nnedi Okarafor and I think it's a definite improvement on the previous installment of Binti which read as pretty decent as a coming-of-age novel but was even better as a world-building novel.

This sequel, or perhaps it should be considered an ongoing line of novellas following Binti, has her returning back to the home she had left so unceremoniously in the first novella, a full year later, only to encounter some interesting and sometimes painful r
1.5ish stars.

I thought the first book had potential despite its obvious flaws, but I simply did not like this second installment. Much like the first, it feels like the broad, unfinished sketch of a larger novel. Too much going on and none of it particularly interesting. I miss the Uni, all five minutes of it we get to see in this installment. Not often do I have to skim through such a short book.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this sequel to Binti and the middle novella in the BINTI trilogy. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Binti is a gifted 17 year old member of the isolated African Himba tribe who has rebelled against family pressure and expectations and sneaked off to attend the galactic Oomza University on another planet in the first book, Binti ... where she found far more adventure, tragedy, stress and personal change than she ever imagined. This theme of personal growth and change continu
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anxiety, 2017, 2018
1.) Binti ★★★★★
2.) Home ★★★★
3.) The Night Masquerade ★★★★.5


Jenny (Reading Envy)
Can you ever go home again? Binti returns to her home planet and is faced with navigating a complex political landscape with the Meduse, Okwu, as well as her own transformation. Family expectations have her preparing for a pilgrimage, but the people in the desert may have their own plans (or it is her destiny.) As always I very much enjoy the unique ways Okorafor blends various African folklores and mythologies with magic, outer space, aliens, and this time, with math! to create a vibrant and im ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have to say I'm really sad I don't love this series as much as some people do. I remember reading the first one in the series a while back and liking it, but still not getting the hype a lot of my friends were giving it. Going back into Binti's world, I still don't get the hype.

What I do like about this series is that it's showing a female character who I think is pretty great and stands out from her Himba people in positive ways. She is trying to change things and show that you don't have to
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Binti has been at Oomza University for a while now and while she has learned much, she struggles with post-traumatic stress from her original encounter with the Meduse and a new anger she feels within herself more and more. That's a huge problem for someone who's supposed to be a master harmonizer and a master of meditation through mathematics. She believes that the issue is that she needs to return home and go on pilgrimage with other Himba. This book follows her return to her family with her f ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Home takes place a year after the ending of book one and Binti has moved forward with her talents. Binti is feeling the pull of home and is ready to visit her family and hopefully find the peace that she has been unable to regain after everything that has happened to her. Binti is strong and determined, but she is struggling with all of the rapid changes in her life. However, returning home is nothing like she expected or hoped for. Joy, apprehension, distrust, longing for what was but can never ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, novellas
3.5 stars

After a year at Oomza University, Binti wants to return home. She's learned a lot, but hasn't made any close friends, except for Okwu, the Meduse who participated in the traumatic event of the first novella... and it is now her friend and a student at Oomza too.

Binti is suffering from PTSD; she has panic attacks and nightmares. Disturbed that she has been experiencing extreme bouts of anger and rage, she wants to go home and participate in the pilgrimage that Himba women take into the d
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
My only complaint is that I just want more! The story just feels so condensed. There is a lot of room for expansion had the author wished to make these each 300+ page books instead of just ~150 pages each. I am sad that there is only one more book left.
Althea Ann
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Dave Schaafsma
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to the audiobook read beautifully by Robin Miles. This is the second installment, maybe a sequel. In the first, short, novella, Binti suddenly leaves home to go to Oomza University. In the process this 16 year girl experiences a traumatic event, and before this second book, apparently completes her first year of school! The school is all about knowledge AND imagination, and Binti is a math whiz with tentacle-hair and with psychic/magical powers.

Because of said traumatic event, Binti h
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Binti ★★★★★
#2 Home ★★★★☆
#3 The Night Masquerade ★★★☆☆
#1-3 Complete Trilogy Edition ★★★★☆

There was always so much I didn’t know, but not knowing was part of it all.

Despite how much I loved the first novella in this series, the second one fell flat for me in a few ways and I struggled to get through it at times. The lack of world-building that mildly bothered me before ended up being a big obstacle for me in this sequel, as I still feel like there's very little depth being given to the setting
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-authors, sf, series
I found more to admire than fully enjoy in reading this short, somewhat truncated work. I continue to find the world Okarafor created to be intriguing, but something in her approach to telling Binti’s story just misses the mark of fully connecting me to her confusion, emotional reactions, and sense of self-discovery.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Binti
This review contains spoilers for Binti.

This book is very similar to its predecessor. If you enjoyed Binti, you’ll probably enjoy the sequel, Home. If you didn’t enjoy Binti, you can safely skip this one. I was somewhere in the middle on both books: They were a mix of some things I liked and some things I didn’t, but they were ultimately both entertaining enough for me to keep reading.

We’re back with a protagonist I genuinely enjoy. Binti is the same intelligent and earnest individual I remember
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Binti-series
3.5 stars for a tough woman looking for home.

It still has similar flaws, but Home is a lot better than the first book in the Binti-series. Certain missing scenes and information is finally shared here, and while I’m sad not to see more of Oomza space uni, the exploration of Binti’s character is fascinating.

Just like Dorothy in the The Wizard of Oz, Binti has travelled to a strange land/galaxy far away and made some unique friends (giant floating jellyfish). Now she and Okwu return to Binti’s hom
One moment, Uncle Gideon was laughing raucously at something and then the next, he was struggling to keep my father from toppling over.

“Papa!” I shrieked, jumping up. It was as if my father’s fall created a vacuum, for everyone in the room rushed toward him. My brother Bena got to him before me, pushing me aside to do so.

My mother came running. “Moaoogo,” she shouted. “Moaoogo, what is the matter?”

Bena and my uncle held him up. “I’m fine,” my father insisted, but he was out of breath. “I’m fi
Elle (ellexamines)
I don't think this novella series is going deep enough. I've had historical problems with novellas, always wanting either more or less, but novella series have treated me well enough that I expected more from this. Yet I'm just not feeling it.


While I'm still not totally sold on the symbolic nature of this series, I have to admit that Binti and Okwu - both as individuals and as a pair - are lovely. Binti's narrative around PTSD is amazing and her narrative around being mixed r
Caz (littlebookowl)
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Rating: 3.5 stars
There was so much to embrace and enjoy in the second ‘Binti’ novella, but ultimately I felt that it just scrapped the surface of its potential.

The stand out is Binti herself, and her ultimate internal battle about who she is, what she is, and the cultural prejudices she has been raised in, and also been subjected too. She’s an intelligent woman, strong, yet also naive and sheltered in her understanding of the wider world. This makes her endearing, and her ability to learn and need to understand
The worldbuilding? Perfect. The story? Perfect. The pacing? Perfect. The character arc and growth? Perfect. The exploration of the inherent bias' people have that would make them consider a nomadic people as being "uncivilized"? More than PERFECT! Nnedi did that! SHE DID THAT!!!! ...more
The flow of death like water I’d fallen into that in some twisted way gave me a new life.

Home is the aftermath of Binti going to Oomza Uni. Many changes in so little time, and she feels then is time to go home, to her pilgrimage.

There is so many themes here that I hesitate for where start. There is sci-fi that appeals to different ways of thinking , and made us aware of a future with other eyes and ethics. And there is sci-fi that made us think about our idiosincracy. This is old school sci
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"I was clear now. I wanted to go home, but I wanted to solve the Edan more. Everything comes with sacrifice."

This was good but so frustrating! After the events of the last book Binti is a galactic hero, but when she goes home her family treats her like a big ol'zero.

The love of her friends and family is conditional on her never returning to school, to laboring happily for her brothers gain, to giving up her dreams. And most importantly, they need Binti to condemn herself because her exam
[3.5 Stars]

I usually round my rating down if they're .5, but this one was a really strong 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed the commentary on how detrimental rigid expectations can be and how people will be cruel to you sometimes, thinking it's for your own good, because you're disrupting what is viewed as "normal." I really like that the main character stays true to doing what is best for her, and I think that's valuable. I also felt more invested in Binti and her situation than I did in the first n
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed this one.

It's been a year since Binti left home to study at Oomza uni despite the wishes of her tribe but it's time for her to return home and hope that she will be accepted new warts and all.

Binti has changed so much since the first book and Home looks at what change entails not only within the eyes of those Binti holds most dear but also within herself.

Don't be put off by the Sci-Fi genre as this books is much more than that as it explores themes of acceptance, sacrifi
Matthew Quann
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, pretty-short
Ten MORE things to enjoy in Home, the sequel to Binti

1) A move from the interplanetary scope of the first instalment to the more personal.

2) A pregnant, organic, shrimp-like spaceship!!!

3) Expansion of the key mysteries left unanswered by the end of the first novella.

4) A return to the unique Namibia of the future introduced in the first novella.

5) A story motivated by mystery, where the violence of the last novella appears only as the trauma it has left in its wake.

6) An investigation of how qu
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2017, stars-4-0
Having loved the first novella, I had great expectations for this sequel. The narrative picks up one year after the events that brought Binti to the Oomza University. She is studying, analysing her elan, but also dealing with the repercussions, emotional and physical, of the trauma of surviving the slaughter and of becoming the 'spokesperson' for the Meduse. On top of this, she is homesick.

Home does feel quite different although Okorafor still masterly blends futuristic civilisations with ancie
Binti returns home to Earth, Okwu going with her. Her family’s not pleased with her, despite the amazing things she did with the Meduse. I enjoyed this novella more than #1 in this series. This story’s about Binti’s family’s expectations as well as her inner conflict and her confusion about who she is now. This story has more sadness and strangeness, as Binti struggles to figure out how to integrate her changes into her perception of herself.
When I finished the first « Binti » novella, I felt disappointed: Okorafor touched so many interesting subjects, but barely developed them! I wanted more of Binti’s coming of age, more of the story behind the Meduse conflict, more about the Oomza University, more about how cultural differences can enrich each other when we give them a chance, more, more, more!

“Home” does a good job of answering some of the many questions that crowded my head at the end of the first story. In fact, it is much mor
Tudor Vlad
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Quite on par with the first novella, it benefits from being longer but it still felt too short for all the ideas coming out of it. The world and characters are further explored and Binti's journey of self-discovery continues with some curious results. I was somehow under the impression that this would end Binti's story but seeing as Home ends with a massive cliffhanger, I think it's safe to bet that there's more coming and I'm so so happy because of it. ...more
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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism). Okorafor has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award, and a Locus Award, and her many fans include Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green, and Ursula Le Guin. She is writing a series for Marvel about Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and has a number of book-based project ...more

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