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Remote Control

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  73 reviews
The new book by Nebula and Hugo Award-winner, Nnedi Okorafor.

"She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own."

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­--a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is de
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Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by
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Tanya Patrice I would start with the Binti series - but that is probably considered YA (main character is a teenager) - so if you're not into, then start with the L…moreI would start with the Binti series - but that is probably considered YA (main character is a teenager) - so if you're not into, then start with the Lagoon and then Who Fears Death.(less)

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May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It's May 10th and, yes, I've actually read this novella, so my review is honest. It's fantastic. ...more
Thank you so much to for providing me a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own.

As the new year approached I made a silent commitment to myself to try out a little more science fiction this year. I'm not a stranger to the genre; however, I've always felt as though I could read more. When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance to read something new from Nnedi Okorafor. Although I've only read Binti and her children's picture book, I knew tha
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.5 Stars
This was a unique piece of African futurism that read more like a folktale, than science fiction. The young girl was a likeable character with a sympathetic backstory. My favourite aspect of the narrative was learning how others reacted to her abilities, both fearing and worshipping her.

Overall, this novella had a compelling premise, but I was not completely immersed in the story itself.  I would recommend this one to readers who love myths and folktales. Personally, my reading tastes l
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This cover is literally one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. WOW.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nnedi Okorafor never fails to amaze me with her storytelling, wordbuilding, and characters. Remote Control is a small novella, but it packs a punch and will stay with you for a long time.

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review
Scottsdale Public Library
Transcendent, stunning, devastating.
I've had a lump rising and resting in my throat since I began reading Fatima's journey. My heart is still tender and overwhelmed and so very full from this devastatingly beautiful allegory of self-destruction, awareness and compassion. The feels! I loved it. -Sara S.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sankofa. Her name strikes fear into each town she visits. Rumors about her fly. She is the adopted child of the Angel of Death, the destroyer of technology, a remedy of suffering, an agent of chaos, and wanderer, a loner, an indestructible glowing force of nature in search of something that she'll never find.

It is a hard life for a pre-pubescent girl.

Remote Control is an origin story about how a seven-year-old girl--a lover of nature, animals, and the world around her--is given a gift from the h
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 8.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Remote Control for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Remote Control is a novella that begins like a folktale but turns into an immersive, devastating story of a young girl with powers beyond her belief or control. Okorafor wastes no time dropping the reader into Fatima’s story, her transformation into Sankofa, and the path she must take to reclaim the item she was given by the stars
Joe Jones
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Set in a slightly future Ghana we follow a young girl who develops a deadly ability and then has to learn to deal with the consequences. Very dark at times but still with hope. Storytelling at its finest!
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great Afrofuturism story about a girl who becomes known as “Death’s adopted daughter.”

Set in Ghana what feels like a few decades from now, this tells the story of a girl who encounters a strange “seed” beneath her family’s shea tree. This seed gives her mysterious powers: she can glow green, and by doing so she can kill. Sometimes it’s involuntary and sometimes … less voluntary, with tragic results.

The origin of the seed isn’t made clear. There are mentions of aliens, and a biotech company calle
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi_2020
Remote Control is another stunning novella from Nnedi Okorafor, we follow Sankofa a mysterious character at first who seems to have death follow her around. She is almost revered amongst the community but everyone is also very afraid of her. Her touch is deadly and she uses this primarily as mercy killings (euthanasia). As the novella unfolds we found out more about Sankofa and how she came to be in the position she is, also following her early life as Fatima, a sickly child. A mysterious seed c ...more
Milana M (acouplereads)
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okorafor is one of my favourite authors. Her ability to blend African culture with science fiction futuristic technology is awe-inspiring. I always feel fully immersed in her books and I always always learn from them. With each new piece of writing from Okorafor I just feel fulfilled after reading.

In Romote Control we follow a very young girl named Fatima through a recollection of how she became Sankofa, the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Learning about malaria was gut wrenching. Every
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I hope that this is going to end up being a novella cycle (like Binti: The Complete Trilogy), because I kind of felt like it ended just when I was getting into it. It's a cool premise and worldbuilding but it left me wanting more! Which is a good thing except....I want more! ...more
Thistle & Verse
What's it like to grow up as the most powerful person you know? Sankofa's powers elicit fear, which isolates her and gives her the leverage to demand most of the things she wants. What's it like to confront the one entity who could harm you?

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Holly (The Grimdragon)
4.5 Stars~

“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”

Remote Control is the latest from the mind of Nnedi Okorafor.

Set in a near-future Ghana, it follows Sankofa as she treads along a tumultuous journey to unearth answers about the power that she received from a mysterious glowing green “seed”. Her deadly power that provoked an immense tragedy when she was just seven years old.

As the years go by, Sankofa’s abilities become wel
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received an e-ARC through Netgalley and a physical ARC through TorDotCom, so special thanks to them.

REMOTE CONTROL is a slow-paced meditation about a young girl who calls down the supernatural and must come to terms with those consequences. Eye-catching prose weaves with vivid scenes make this a novella a must-read for Afrofuturism shelves, and it's perfect for fans of THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Drayden.

This was my first time reading Nnedi Okorafor and I was pleasantly surprised. I've be
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This reminds me very much of the stories that would be included in high school literature books. On the bus I had a high school age neighbor who would share these with me. Asimov, Bradbury, and my all time favorite "Born of Man and Woman", by Richard Matheson. I read it several times and have never forgotten it. I enjoyed the classic feel of this story and the contemporary setting. I see it becoming a tale for the ages ...more
Tsana Dolichva
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor is a stand-alone science fantasy novella, set in near future Ghana. It tells the story of a girl who is alone and feared and, for a large part of the story, nomadic.

I requested this novella for review because I've enjoyed Okorafor's other work, especially the Binti series of novellas. However, I wasn't sure what to expect, since the blurb makes it sound very different from Binti. After reading, I can say that, it is and it isn't. Fatima/Sankofa undergoes an inten
Kayla Brown
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Remote Control is a wonderfully written novella that is best described as a folktale with a hint of science fiction. Telling the story of Sankofa, who is known as the 'adopted daughter of death, and her complicated and often introspective coming of age story. Sankofa is gifted with the mysterious ability to kill at the cost of not being able to interact with technology in a technology driven culture. Filled with moving moments and a world that I would love to know more about, Okorafor has delive ...more
Very fast read with a lot going on: Fatima's house has a tree in the backyard, a tree she becomes very close to and in return, the tree gives her a box with a seed inside. That seed has something magical (or evil) about it, and within two years Fatima is homeless, family-less and known as Sankofa­­, the Adopted Daughter of Death. It's a testament to what's going on in Ghana that someone as young as Sankofa (she's perhaps 8-9 when this starts) can roam around, town to town, not begging but being ...more
Laura Newsholme
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really powerful and compelling look at how we vilify what we don't understand and make 'other' anything that is different. It tells the story of Sankofa, the adopted daughter of death blessed (cursed?) with the power to ease people to their death. Sankofa is a fascinating character. She has forgotten her name and wanders the rural countryside of Ghana trying to find some meaning behind her predicament. Along the way, she meets people who are willing to help her but an equal number who ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really nice compact story with a couple of fantastic twists and a fun young lead even though it’s an adult book. It had some laggy bits, which is a shame for such a short book, but I liked the concept and the Wakanda-like setting.
Amy Verkruissen
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the way Nnedi Okorafor combines the culture and traditions of the African culture with futuristic technology. The juxtaposition of these two backdrops makes her writing unique and captivating.
Fatima starts her life as a normal little girl in a small village until a meteorite shower changes everything about her life. I feel like there is definitely room for this story to continue and I certainly hope that it does. I loved this story. Highly recommended.
Nnedi Okorafor has yet to write something that isn't solid, and engaging, and shows a future (usually set in Africa) that seems realistic in both its tech and its portrayal of how humans will always find a way to divide, discriminate, and judge (but also how they will find ways to cherish and save what is important). Nothing she's written yet compares to Who Fears Death to me, but this novella is still a fun, albeit dark, exploration into future Africa and a young child given a terrible power. ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. That is a haunting story that's going to stick with me for a long time. Okorafor knocks it out of the park again with a novella that is Afrofuturism but with a little bit of magical realism thrown in. Despite the short length, this one packs quite the punch in the tale of a young Ghanaian girl who is granted the gift of Death after coming into contact with a mysterious artifact discovered after a meteor shower. I won't spoil anything but to say that she goes on a quest of sorts, trave ...more
Trisha Perry
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fatima has lost the memory of her name so she goes by Sankofa. Sankofa is the adopted daughter of death, she walks the lands (she can not ride in a car some how she kills them), her name is known by all so she is given food and clothes when she wants it. But it is when she comes to Robotown when things change. She has protected these people and is ready to settle down there and go back to school when the unthinkable happens and sends her on the run again with her best friend Movenpick the fox.

Ahtiya (BookinItWithAhtiya)
I was first pulled in by the concise way Okorafor can deliver a robust story when I read the Binti trilogy back in February. And once again, she delivers in REMOTE CONTROL. By giving us frequent glimpses of Sankofa’s past, Okorafor reassures you that whatever questions you may have as the story unfolds shall be answered in due time. I read this novella in one sitting and not once did I feel like it moved too slow or too fast; it’s paced to perfection and keeps you engaged while still being fulfi ...more
Dark and haunting and strange and sad. Sankofa is so compelling and damaged. Difficult to understand, and yet both powerful and pragmatic.

Advanced Reader's copy provided by Edelweiss.
Laura Hill
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on January 19th, 2021.

Writing: 4.5/5 Plot: 3.5/5 Characters: 4/5

A coming-of-age story set in a future Northern Ghana. Sankofa is only five when her favorite tree pushes up a strange seed after a meteor shower brought sparkling bits of green to the Earth. Before she has any clue as to what is happening, she has been “gifted” with a terrible power w
"The 'Sankofa' is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress." -

Nnedi Okorafor is a master at bringing African culture to popular fiction and marrying it with futuristic technologies and concepts - this book simply provides more evidence of t
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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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