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Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
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Rep: Black Ghanian Muslim main character; set in futuristic Ghana and has entirely Black cast of characters

Warnings: death of family; mass death; violence, and body horror; main character is attacked; animal death

About a girl who becomes a legend, Remote Control tells the story from Fatima/Sankofa's childhood, as she first encounters the 'seed' that gives her extra-ordinary powers to the end of her personal journey with regards to coming to terms with those powers. Set in the future, the book has elements of science fiction strewn about, but its main storyline is not really focused on that, being character-driven. Fatima, who gains her powers in her childhood, accidentally kills her entire town and then spends the next part of her life chasing down the seed that gave her those powers, drawn into its pull and then resisting it. As part of her powers also kills tech, she has been wandering Ghana on foot for years, slowly gaining notoriety for being an adopted daughter of death, since she euthanizes people who ask for it, and kills those who attack her. Her powers are in a large part working to protect her from threats, but it is also something that keeps her isolated from others. The book deals with the reaction of the people to her powers, who are in awe of it, but also curse her for it. Even when she finds people who would care for her, they would still have it pushed down to accept her. She has had to experience a lot of the world and its violence from a young age, and that is formative in how she herself reacts to how her presence in perceived in the world. I enjoyed most of the book but the ending sort of didn't work for me - I don't entirely understand what happened, and it also felt very abrupt, suddenly shining light on an element but doing it quite late in the game.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from TOR books, via Edelweiss.
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Reading Progress

June 16, 2020 – Shelved
June 16, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
June 16, 2020 – Shelved as: arcs
June 16, 2020 – Shelved as: novella
January 16, 2021 – Started Reading
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: diverse
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: 2021rc-newrelease
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: 2021rc-ngew
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: 2021rc-spacetime
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: futuristic
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: ownvoices
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: science-fiction
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: standalone
January 16, 2021 – Shelved as: young-adult
January 16, 2021 – Finished Reading

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Donna Great review!
This is next on my To-read list. I cannot wait!


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