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Binti: The Complete Trilogy

(Binti #1-3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,670 ratings  ·  536 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 prestig
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.…moreIt'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.(less)

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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
*This is a review of the short story, Binti: Sacred Fire

Although I read all the novellas through this bind-up, I wasn't planning on reviewing this bind up because I wanted to give my reviews for each of the individual stories. But then I realized that Binti: Sacred Fire is the added short story to this collection that wasn't an initial part of the trilogy and I was shooketh because of what I've read so far (I've read Binti, Binti: Sacred Fire and Binti: Home), Binti: Sacred Fire, is my absolute
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, short-stories
I am just using this for the short story within this bindup because Goodreads, for some reason, does not have it on its own. The short story is called SACRED FIRE and takes place between the first (BINTI) and second (BINTI: HOME) books in the Binti trilogy. It is 34 pages long and is about Binti who has arrived at Oomza University and started her studies. She is psychologically scarred from what happened in the first book and is having a hard time. I adored this short story, just as I adore this ...more
Para (wanderer)
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 f
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-owned, arc
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 jus ...more
Bryan Alexander
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: education, feminism, sf, race
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
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
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 thei
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
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.
Auntie Terror
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
4.3 stars - great story, far from typical scifi, made me almost cry. But not sure if it went on just a wee bit too long. [Prtf]
Kara 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
Sarah Kelsey
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adore this series! It's revolutionary on so many levels. It's science fiction focused on a small town female protagonist from an African desert, and her approach to solving conflict is completely different than the standard Conan-the-Barbarian method. No spoilers, but this is winning on a whole new level! This is a must-read. ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2019-rev
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
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.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read

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
Nicole Luiken
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've previously read and reviewed Binti, Binti: Home, and Binti: The Night Masquerade, but the omnibus has a new story (novelette?) Binti: Sacred Fire. While comparatively short, Sacred Fire fills in some of the holes between Binti and Binti: Home as she deals with the trauma.

The first novella remains my favourite, but Binti is an interesting and sympathetic character well able to carry more stories, and the world is more colorful and mystical than the usual space opera fare.

Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Definitely the perfect book to end the month on.
Joy Messinger
[4 stars] A collection of the Binti trilogy (Binti, Home, The Night Masquerade) with an additional short story, Sacred Fire. I’d previously read the original novellas (rated 4, 4, & 5 stars, respectively); I’d hoped for more explanation and fewer plot holes in the first two, though really loved the time and attention Okorafor spent sharing her protagonist with us. The Night Masquerade was my favorite installment, and I thought it wrapped up the story arc well with deeper dives into characters an ...more
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I had actually read the first Binti novella before this, but it still holds up upon reread here. The first story was probably my favorite, but I really enjoyed all of them! I thought that the new story included here was nice since we get to see Binti deal with the aftermath of events in the first story. This helps develop her as a character, and we're introduced to some fun side characters (though we don't really get to see them much). There were certainly some shocking m
Neil Hepworth
Sep 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF'd at 145/356.

Well, this has been a disastrous year for reading--as if 2020 needed another nail in the coffin. I have quit reading or skimmed more books in the last nine months than the rest of my reading career combined...and I'm pretty sure that's not hyperbole.

I guess the cosmic book-gods are just balancing the scales since last year I had 5-star rating on top of 5-star rating.

Sadly, Binti is just one more book that feels so good to put down even though I'm half-way through. I'm not enjo
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the Binti trilogy, but for some reason I don’t have a lot of words about it. Maybe it’s because I read the novellas with pretty big breaks between them. I really liked how the worldbuilding blended earthly and alien. I wanted to go with familiar and foreign, but the Himba culture is pretty foreign to me to start with. At same time a group of people being set in their ways and rejecting everything “outside”, even if they are otherwise very smart and capable, is familiar.

In Binti
Jordan Lombard
I really wanted to like this one, but I’m an English Major with a dislike of numbers. Lol. No, I think I need more world building, and more info on the MCs friends, because I don’t really feel like I know them at all. I’m just over 50%, had to pause it to read something else, picked it back up again, but I’m not really interested in what’s going to happen next.

Also, it should be noted that, at least so far, the LGBTQ+ representation is one side character who is trans, but again, they hardly feat
Stacy Blomquist
The characterization of the main character, Binti, is a strength of the novel, but the plot needed more work. The blurb on the back of the book makes the 5 days Binti must survive on the ship after the Medusae attack seem exciting and suspenseful. In reality, Binti basically hides in her cabin for those five days. Throughout the entire novel, Binti suffers from panic attacks when she remembers the deaths of her new friends on the ship, but those friendships are literally built and ended in 3 pag ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The first section of the book was a little hard for me to get into, but once I got used to the writing style and how Binti’s thoughts flowed I got pulled into it. There’s lots of good creatures, good world-building (that I would’ve loved the author to delve a little more into), and excellent sci-fi blended with Namibia culture. Overall a fun, pleasant read, and it’s fun to see how math is used in conjunction with our connection to the earth and our community as a superpower.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would give it six stars if I could. Seamless merger of science fiction and African tribal traditions and folklore. Couldn't put it down until I had finished reading it. Deserving of its Hugo and Nebula awards. ...more
Alyssa White
A beautiful and captivating story. Binti strives to follow her dreams and is faced with so many life altering matters that are thrown in her direction. Every page leaves you wanting for more and questioning what will happen next. This book was far from a disappointment and held my interest from the opening of the first page. Nnedi paints glorious images with her words.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
A solid series. I think that the short story, Sacred Fire was a great addition to the trilogy, it gave it more fluidity, context, character grow and more world building, to the story. I really enjoyed the entire series. The themes were great, and it has a very realistic depiction of someone's reaction to various traumatic events. ...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

Other books in the series

Binti (4 books)
  • Binti (Binti, #1)
  • Binti: Sacred Fire (Binti, #1.5)
  • Home (Binti, #2)
  • The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3)

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