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The Night Masquerade

(Binti #3)

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The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.

Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their anci
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 16th 2018 by Tor.com
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
this series is so aggressively Not For Me it literally needs a sign saying “everything critically great about sff that Elise does not like in sff all in one book” because that is what this is

Let’s just admit this one is my fault. I knew this wasn’t going to be a book for me. I knew, going in, that both Binti and Binti:Home were extremely well-written and yet absolutely nothing I enjoy reading. I should not have read this, I should have stopped at Binti, and I regret my actions. I’m sorry, okay?
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Binti is home in Namibia, hosting her friend Okwu the alien Meduse, and things are ... not going well, to say the least. The Meduse have a tentative peace treaty with the Khouse tribe, but Okwu being in their area has inflamed emotions. Binti's family is still struggling mightily with her life choices (going offworld to attend a galactic university) and Binti is having issues with PTSD and with new revelations about her life and ancestry.

When we left Binti at the end of Home, she had found out
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Holly
Eh? This book has two sides to it. On one hand, there's deaths! There's a battle! There's an explanation finally behind the mysterious edan! On the other hand, (major spoilers!) (view spoiler) ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 2018, anxiety
1.) Binti ★★★★★
2.) Home ★★★★
3.) The Night Masquerade ★★★★.5

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I need moreeeeee!!!
karen
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
fulfilling book riot's 2018 read harder challenge task #17: A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author

no extry points this time...

review to come
Robyn
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Things I love about the Binti series that are fully brought home in this satisfying conclusion:

1) The creation of a future that is genuinely DIFFERENT. Not just medieval Spain but in space! Or contemporary geopolitics, but in space! Or aliens, but with our exact same Western social structure. I get confused, I have to reread, because things are WEIRD in the world of Binti. Wonderfully so. (And yes, of course there are recognisable aspects of current societies, but it just feels like one thing Ok
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Lindsay
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the end of Home, Binti had connected with her father's people, the Enyi Zinariya but while with them received news that both her family and her friend Okwu were under attack by the Khoush, another human tribe.

We pick up with Binti and Mwinyi heading back to Osemba and fearing the worst. The peace between the Meduse (Okwu's people, giant floating blue jellyfish) and the Khoush appears to be shattered and they will need a master harmonizer to restore it. But Binti may now be too different from
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I would not read this without reading the previous Binti books, Binti and Home. So much of the detail in this story comes from the world-building in the first two, and reading the third is a much richer experience with that knowledge under your belt.

That said, this is an interesting exploration of a different type of conflict with species who can hardly communicate. Binti has a role to play although it is one she does not even understand entirely. She returns back to school, to a place that has
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Sara
Unfortunately this was my least favourite of the trilogy.

Following straight on from where we left off in ‘Homecoming’, we see Binti racing across the desert to save her family and homelands from the Khoush. It quickly turns into a war, one which Binti will do anything and everything to prevent in order to stop the destruction of her people, who will be caught in the crossfire. Amongst all this, she is still struggling with her identity and what it means to be Himba, Meduse and everything in bet
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Hollis
So, I'll admit this isn't my kind of sci-fi. I went into BINTI with high hopes because of all the hype and praise and came out confused and definitely on the wrong side of the fandom. That being said, though, I enjoyed HOME a lot more and was very keen to see where things would go for Binti and these characters for the final chapter of her story. Aaaand it was everything the first book was but worse. I absolutely did not enjoy this. I felt the writing was completely different, Binti herself was. ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Binti ★★★★★
#2 Home ★★★★☆
#3 The Night Masquerade ★★★☆☆
#1-3 Complete Trilogy Edition ★★★★☆

Even back then I had changed things, and I didn’t even know it. When I should have reveled in this gift, instead, I’d seen myself as broken. But couldn’t you be broken and still bring change?

I feel a little bit guilty about this, so let me get it out of the way first: I know I said in my reviews of the first two novellas that I wanted more world-building, but I didn't want this much of it. Whoops! I defini
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Adam
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Binti: The Night Masquerade

I enjoyed the Nebula and Hugo award-winning Binti very much, and thought the sequel, Binti: Home, was even better. There were many reasons to look forward to the conclusion of this trilogy: we were left with an exciting cliffhanger, some new revelations about the nature of Binti’s past, plenty of forward momentum on some of the bigger mysteries left to tell, and strong developments in Binti’s maturity and self-realization. Unfortunately, Binti: The Night Masquerade
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David Schaafsma
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I am Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka Meduse Enyi Zinariya Osemba, master harmonizer”--Binti

The title of this, the third and final volume of the Afro-futurist science fiction trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor, refers to a specter of change that appears to significant people at times of great crisis.

At one point Okorafor glibly summarized the book: "African girl leaves home. African girl returns home. African girl becomes home."

Binti is a Master Harmonizer (peacemaker) Himba woman who, in the first volu
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Ash
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Binti
This review contains spoilers for Binti and Home.

I don’t have much to say about The Night Masquerade that I haven’t already said in my reviews of Binti and Home. Although The Night Masquerade was longer than the two previous books, it was very similar in tone and quality.

It seems Nnedi Okorafor has hit her stride in terms of plot and pacing. Whereas book one of this series felt rushed – likely because it was the shortest – the following two books have been well-paced, with enough room for develo
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Bradley
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I liked this third Binti book better than the prior two novellas... but why?

For one, I think I liked the theme about going home, having conflicts WITH home, and in this third novella, Binti coming to grips with herself and her place in the universe.

It helps that she had to go through a ton of tragedy to get there. But that's the nature of storytelling. Conflict is everything.

Culturally, these books make up some of the strangest pieces of worldbuilding I've read. We've got an isolated A
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Ferdy
This one was hard to get through. There was too much of Binti being hysterical, whiny, and unsure of herself, which I suppose was understandable considering everything going on with her, but it was exhausting and irritating to read about. Also, there were way too many things happening to her, there was the edan, the zinariya, the okukuo, her treeing, as well as the new fish thing at the end - it was one chaotic thing after another, it was quite ridiculous just how many changes and events she was ...more
Erica
4.5 stars for this title, 5 stars for the trilogy.

I am so glad I waited to read this until it was a complete set.
The audiobook is narrated beautifully, by the way.

I had some concerns that were never addressed, such as the Meduse stabbing Binti in the back(of the neck) without her consent which caused a physical change in her that she never agreed to. It was too similar to rape but was never portrayed as such and that bothered me.

At the same time, I loved the idea of physically being reformed af
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novellas
Yes, this was a good conclusion.
Justine
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
3.5 stars

While I didn't like this one quite as much as the previous two, it was still very good, and packed a real emotional punch in parts. I just generally love Okorafor's flowing and visual prose; her complex characters; and her imaginative worldbuilding.

Robin Miles does such an excellent job with the narration of the audio and is a joy to listen to.
Connor
[3.5 Stars] I really enjoyed the ending to this series. This installment was a little all over the place, so the second one ended up being my favorite. I understand why people love this so much though!
Mitticus
3.7

Previously: While Binti was at her father's people , the desert people, barely grasping the new knowledge delivered to her , she feel something very bad happening at the Rook , the family home.

So we deal with a overwhelmed girl, between bouts of flashbacks from the original travel to the Uni and the deaths, anxious for getting home with her family, and assaulted for all a new kind of ...language? ...mental perception? A bad trip among desert storms combating PSTD and her worst nightmares.

It'
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The Captain
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I was mesmerized by books one and two of the Binti series and was happy to finally get me hands on the third and last book. If ye haven’t read the first book then ye might want to skip this post and go read me review of that one. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

This novella was another stunning read in the series. In this installment, Binti is yet again fighting to maintain peace between two warring alien cultures.
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Manisha
Actual review: 3.5

“The way people on Oomza Uni were so diverse and everyone handled that as if it were normal continued to surprise me. It was so unlike Earth, where wars were fought over and because of differences and most couldn't relate to anyone unless they were similar.”


THE LESSON, THE MESSAGE

The absolute best thing about this book (and this series) is the message of inclusion and acceptance. Regardless of race, religion, culture and differences, this book splits apart what inclusion wou
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Beige
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having read the entire series now, I agree with many of the criticisms in other reviews. Especially, how it didn't suit the novella series format and would have worked much better as a novel.

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Julie
I probably shouldn't have read The Night Masquerade, to be honest -- of Okorafor, I've read her two previous Binti novellas, a children's novel, and an adult novel, and literally none of them have worked for me, to the extent that I had initially sworn off continuing Binti. Except that this one had to go get nominated for the Hugos again, so I decided to give it one more try. Maybe it turns around in the final installment? Maybe I'll finally find something to like about it??

Unfortunately, no. Sp
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K.J. Charles
Mar 03, 2018 added it
Shelves: sci-fi
The finale of the Binti trilogy weaves everything together into a finale that blends the multiple strands of politics, sf, race wars and fantasy. Wonderfully vivid writing and wildly imaginative. I don't know if I liked it as much as book 1, possibly because the *scope* of the story felt smaller despite the amount in the book, or perhaps because Binti's accrued power begins to make her victory seem more assured so there wasn't as much tension. (Although the author addresses with this with an epi ...more
Jen
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5

Not as enjoyable as the first two books which I found surprisingly inspiring.

I was so lost when I started this book (which picks up right where the second book ended) that I had to go back to the last book and re-read the last chapter.

From there I was pretty much disgruntled.

I will say that for such a short book I did love how many twists and turns it featured to progress both the story and the main character Binti.

Some aspects were a little anticlimactic and the ending left me with a sense
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Sahitya
Another solid 3.5.

There have been so many mysteries and questions since the beginning of this trilogy and we finally get some answers here.. but mind you, only some. I can understand why the author may have chosen to leave some of them unanswered and it actually goes well with the theme of illogical unending wars between two peoples, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. However, whatever clarity we got was great.

I have definitely fallen in love with Okwu more as the series has gone by. It
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Sarah
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
Own as part of the Binti: The Complete Trilogy bind up.

As much as I've enjoyed this series overall I have to admit that The Night Masquerade wasn't my favourite instalment and I was left feeling a little disappointed about the way things ended.

The previous instalment ended when Binti realised that Okwu and her family were under attack and this one kicks off with her desperate journey across the desert with the help of her guide Mwinyi. Binti is unable to contact anyone she left behind but she kn
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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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