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Binti: The Complete Trilogy

(Binti #1-3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  528 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Includes a brand-new Binti story!

Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl's journey from her home to distant Oomza University.

In her Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella, Nnedi Okorafor introduced us to Binti, a young Himba girl with the chance of a lifetime: to attend the prestigi
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by DAW
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Erika RS It's a short story. It does not add much to the universe, but it does add notably, in my opinion, to Binti's character arc.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars for this collection of the three Binti novellas, plus a new short story! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature (along with several other reviews from my co-reviewers there; we have a whole range of opinions on the BINTI stories):

As Binti, a mathematically brilliant, 16 year old member of the African Himba tribe, sneaks away from her home in the dead of night, I felt almost as much anticipation as Binti herself. Binti has decided, against massive family pressure, to accept a full-ri
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Binti ★★★★★
#2 Home ★★★★☆
#3 The Night Masquerade ★★★☆☆
#1-3 Complete Trilogy Edition ★★★★☆

They say that when faced with a fight you cannot win, you can never predict what you will do next. But I'd always known I'd fight until I was killed.

I've been meaning to pick up these novellas for ages, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to review the entire trilogy now that it's been released in a bind-up. This is a series that starts off really strong—enough so that I'd say the first book, Bi
wanderer (Para)
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received from the publisher (DAW) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this series of novellas immensely. I've had Binti on my TBR since 2016 and in a way, I'm glad I waited until now - even though this is my first read, they work far, far better as one book.
“I have to try and make it better,” I said. “I can’t just leave here.”

Binti, a mathemagical genius and a master harmonizer, is the first of the Himba people to  be invited to attend the prestigious Oomza Uni. Her fam
Bryan Alexander
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: race, feminism, sf, education
The Binti stories concern a young African woman's adventures between home and university. They take place in a future world with advanced technology, aliens, and interplanetary travel.

The four stories in this book see Binti run away from her family to attend a university on a remote planet. Along the way she encounters horrific tragedy, makes friends, learns skills, and becomes a political negotiator.

There's much to enjoy about these tales. Our heroine is a deeply engaging character. The world s
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook-owned
3.5 Stars - I have heard an immense amount of hype about BINTI and the subsequent novellas from Nnedi Okorafor, so I was excited to be able to give this bindup of the stories a try. These get full marks from me on investment in characters, world building, and set up/premise. Alas, I do feel that there's something lacking in the execution of the vision here. The first of the novellas is definitely the strongest, but even it has some pacing issues & deus ex machina elements. That being said, I ...more
Binti: The Complete Trilogy is a bind up containing all three novellas (Binti, Home and The Night Masquerade) in Nnedi Okorafor's award winning Binti trilogy plus an extra short story called Sacred Fire. I'll review each of the stories separately but I've really enjoyed the whole series so it's definitely one I'm happy to recommend!


Binti is a member of the Himba tribe, a group of people who live in a dessert region of their planet and who have a strong connection to each other and their
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an author that I discovered from the Lavar Burton Reads podcast. I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this series as well as the main character. The world building in this novel is really creative. The first two novellas are zippy reads but could use a little more character and plot development. The third novella was a little less gripping and more winding for me, but it had a satisfying ending.
Ben Babcock
Ever since the first Binti novella came out, I’ve been hearing all about it. I jumped at this collection when I saw it at the bookstore, then, because I find it difficult to grab hold of novellas otherwise. I don’t care if pushes them on me for free sometimes: I need it in my hands or on my device or else I just … read other things. And I’m glad I read Binti and its startling, heartbreaking, daring vision of a future in which an African girl aspires to learn and grow beyond the village l ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor is the entire collection of Binti novellas plus a brand-new story in one hardcover edition, and the book is beautiful! This is a collection of Afrofuturistic stories that has been on my radar since the first story has come out; I remember seeing the original cover for the first Binti and being interested in it but not picking it up at the time. I actually made the decision that I’d read the novellas when they were all published, so I was delight
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

Nnedi Okorafor is a science-fiction, fantasy, and magical realism author who is best known for her Binti trilogy, Akata Witch series and Who Fears Death series. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, some of her work has recently been optioned for live-action adaptations and she has quickly become an iconic author who is sure to bring her fanbase fantastical stories. With a PhD in English, this professor-turned-writer unveils her
Lois Young
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
For my complete review, checkout my blog

Every once in a while you hear about a story that is so unique and so captivating that it is suggested that everyone should read it regardless if it’s not from their preferred genre of literature. "Binti" is a story about a young woman who leaves her home—without her family’s blessing—so that she can take advantage of an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the mos
Great ideas, really nice and interesting characters, but I felt the first story needed to be longer and therefore more easy to feel and understand its impacts, while the third just wasn't my cup of tea and a little messy.
I really liked the second story, but even that wasn't perfect for me.
I'm not disappointeded, though, since it was overall enjoyable and had some fascinating concepts. Definitely worth reading.
Harold Smithson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Binti is a breath of fresh air for people who come from fantasy epics and space operas that inundate the reader with exposition. The three books, all taken together, are about 450 pages long with large margins and a decent font size. Okorafor's pacing is quick-at times perhaps too quick-and even the scenes that are redundant or could have been cut pass by so quickly that they barely register. Even the second book, the most introspective and thoughtful of the trilogy, moves faster than most actio ...more
Kay Lou
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Binti trilogy is a very beautiful coming of age story that depicts what it is like to not meet the expectations of those around you and what it means to disagree or be different than your family and culture. Binti chooses to go to Oomza University despite the risk that she will become effectively banished from her home for leaving. Once she leaves, she witnesses a massacre as a result of a class in cultures, and chooses the difficult path of helping reconcile the feud between the Medusae and ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-rev, reviewed
3.5 stars, Metaphorosis Reviews

Binti, from a desert-dwelling Namibian clan, has been accepted to Oomza Uni – a prestigious inter-alien university, but far from home. On the way, disaster falls – she’s right in the middle of a long-standing feud between the human Koush and the alien Meduse.

I’m both an idealist and a cynic. I’m an idealist in that I think things can get better, and that both individual and concerted effort can make that happen. I’m a cynic in that I don’t believe
3.5 stars.

I read Binti, the first novella, last year and thought it was really cool! I'm glad I read the others, although I'm rating the full trilogy lower than I rated the first installment.

There were some really interesting concepts introduced in the other two novellas, but some things didn't feel super fleshed out. I also didn't feel as invested in Binti's story after she (mild spoilers) (view spoiler)
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd read for me, I think because the storytelling style is so different from anything I've encountered before. There were times when I felt like I was being tossed around from one event or description to another in a clunky way, and there were other times when it flowed very smoothly. I think this is just how Okorafor writes, though, which is possibly informed by her culture. I truly appreciated this book, though. The story is told through (mostly) the main character's perspective, a ...more
Linda Robinson
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delighted to read the Binti stories in one book. Love every Binti bit. The visuals are amazing; the settings written with such skill, when there was dust in the air, I coughed, too. Binti learns without threadbare plot devices. Binti is a Himba living among Khoush, a mathematics sensitive who wants to do more with her gift than build devices; a girl who will risk abandonment from family and tribe; all that will shelter her from kin and shelter to follow her dream. A her-oic journey, including a ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’m wavering on how much I liked this book. Book club discussion usually bumps me up a star but no so with this book. There were some elements I loved but too many of them were underdeveloped. And it’s not a good sign when the author has the sentence “it was so...anticlimactic” in their book describing the action.

I wouldn’t rule out reading something else by this author based on this book alone but I would probably try something written as a single narrative, rather than a novella with later bo
Denise Cameron
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good! I hope she does more Binti stories, or more stories in that world. There is so much to explore.
Tiffany Meginnes
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f
Thematically centered on breaking social norms and customs and figuring out how you can participate and belong to your community while still finding your own place and values and following your own destiny when you feel limited by what others want for you.

The first novella was really solid, though the style was really different from how my brain works and for that reason sometimes the information felt like it jumped around. The overall effect was still strong.
The second novella (Home) relied on
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. The binti sacred fire story fit well here and completed the rest of the trilogy. I love this world. I would love to read more stories of binti!
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wild mix of species and cultures, all in one book (and one girl!) Quite a ride.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I could not get into this book at all. I tried and got to page 100, but it just wasn't pulling me in still.
Carla Estruch
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think the new story, Sacred Fire", was an excellent addition for the Binti's story. I had always wanted to know more about Haifa and the Bear!
Reading more about Binti is always as coming home.
Sharonda Isadora
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
You know what? I love this trilogy.

The growth of Binti along with the rest of the cast of characters is nothing short of amazing. Binti's strength throughout these three books is a testament of a black woman's perseverance even through the worst of situations in life.

Ms. Okarafor's mind is a good way. This world building is nothing short of amazing. From the planets to the constant diversity of the many species of aliens and humans in Binti. I was completely blown away by it all.

keikii Eats Books
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collections
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72 points, 3 stars.

Binti runs away from home to attend the prestigious Oomza University. Her talent for mathematics makes her a desired student, and she wants to go. Her parents and her beliefs tell her not to. Yet she does anyway, and she finds more in space than she wanted. She wanted to be a student, but what she finds is the Medusae, a jellyfish-like alien, who attack her spaceship and all the consequences that enta
The author begins her tale on earth, in Africa, but the earth she describes isn't a familiar place. Binti is a "harmonizer," but her flair for harmony seems a bit faulty, despite having been recognized as a prodigy in the field. Binti's strength is drawn from thinking in mathematical equations, or something like that, anyway. I'm flailing, you can see, to find the cohesive elements of this book, which describes my experience while reading it.

The book is at root a journey of self-discovery, of co
Dan'l Danehy-oakes
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three books and a short story in one volume:
_Binti: Sacred Fire_
_Binti: Home__Binti: The Night Masquerade_

Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka s a young girl - about 18? - of the Himba people, on the edge of the Namibian desert. The Himba are looked-down-on by the more powerful neighboring Khoush people; the Himba in turn look down on the "Desert People." Because of her skill at the mathematical techniques called "treeing" and "harmonizing", Binti has been invited to join the prestigious Gala
C. A.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read the Binti novellas separately but I jumped at the chance to read them again as a single story, with an additional short story added in. Nnedi Okorafor's protagonist is a wonderful YA hero and the worldbuilding draws you in.

I'm an old science fiction reader. For a very long time there was little to no religion mentioned in science fiction unless it was being mocked, disproven, used as an easy shorthand character description or shown to have scientific backing all along, with very few e
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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults and a professor at the University at Buffalo, New York. Her works include Who Fears Death, the Binti novella trilogy, the Book of Phoenix, the Akata books and Lagoon. She is the winner of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards and her debut novel Zahrah the Windse ...more

Other books in the series

Binti (3 books)
  • Binti (Binti, #1)
  • Home (Binti, #2)
  • The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3)