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Home (Binti #2)

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It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she abandoned her family in the dawn of a new day.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on E
Paperback, 164 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by
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James I would say yes. Al tough this book explains the basics of what happened before, the first book does a pretty good job introducing the main character,…moreI would say yes. Al tough this book explains the basics of what happened before, the first book does a pretty good job introducing the main character, how she feels and why she's making this journey.(less)

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Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!

This is my third Nnedi Okarafor and I think it's a definite improvement on the previous installment of Binti which read as pretty decent as a coming-of-age novel but was even better as a world-building novel.

This sequel, or perhaps it should be considered an ongoing line of novellas following Binti, has her returning back to the home she had left so unceremoniously in the first novella, a full year later, only to encounter some interesting and sometimes painful r
1.5ish stars.

I thought the first book had potential despite its obvious flaws, but I simply did not like this second installment. Much like the first, it feels like the broad, unfinished sketch of a larger novel. Too much going on and none of it particularly interesting. I miss the Uni, all five minutes of it we get to see in this installment. Not often do I have to skim through such a short book.

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Can you ever go home again? Binti returns to her home planet and is faced with navigating a complex political landscape with the Meduse, Okwu, as well as her own transformation. Family expectations have her preparing for a pilgrimage, but the people in the desert may have their own plans (or it is her destiny.) As always I very much enjoy the unique ways Okorafor blends various African folklores and mythologies with magic, outer space, aliens, and this time, with math! to create a vibrant and im ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Binti has been at Oomza University for a while now and while she has learned much, she struggles with post-traumatic stress from her original encounter with the Meduse and a new anger she feels within herself more and more. That's a huge problem for someone who's supposed to be a master harmonizer and a master of meditation through mathematics. She believes that the issue is that she needs to return home and go on pilgrimage with other Himba. This book follows her return to her family with her f ...more
One moment, Uncle Gideon was laughing raucously at something and then the next, he was struggling to keep my father from toppling over.

“Papa!” I shrieked, jumping up. It was as if my father’s fall created a vacuum, for everyone in the room rushed toward him. My brother Bena got to him before me, pushing me aside to do so.

My mother came running. “Moaoogo,” she shouted. “Moaoogo, what is the matter?”

Bena and my uncle held him up. “I’m fine,” my father insisted, but he was out of breath. “I’m fi
I have to say I'm really sad I don't love this series as much as some people do. I remember reading the first one in the series a while back and liking it, but still not getting the hype a lot of my friends were giving it. Going back into Binti's world, I still don't get the hype.

What I do like about this series is that it's showing a female character who I think is pretty great and stands out from her Himba people in positive ways. She is trying to change things and show that you don't have to
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellas, publisher
3.5 stars

After a year at Oomza University, Binti wants to return home. She's learned a lot, but hasn't made any close friends, except for Okwu, the Meduse who participated in the traumatic event of the first novella... and it is now her friend and a student at Oomza too.

Binti is suffering from PTSD; she has panic attacks and nightmares. Disturbed that she has been experiencing extreme bouts of anger and rage, she wants to go home and participate in the pilgrimage that Himba women take into the d
Althea Ann
This sequel to "Binti" directly addresses the issues I had with the first story (in my review, here: (Yeah, maybe being buddies with an inscrutable alien terrorist and bringing him home to meet the fam isn't the 100% BEST idea ever.) However, the first story was a more complete-feeling, self-contained piece of writing. "Home" is more of a "what happened next" piece.

After a semester at Oomza University, Binti gets antsy/homesick, and returns home for a
David Schaafsma
I listened to the audiobook read beautifully by Robin Miles. This is the second installment, maybe a sequel. In the first, short, novella, Binti suddenly leaves home to go to Oomza University. In the process this 16 year girl experiences a traumatic event, and before this second book, apparently completes her first year of school! The school is all about knowledge AND imagination, and Binti is a math whiz with tentacle-hair and with psychic/magical powers.

Because of said traumatic event, Binti h
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Home takes place a year after the ending of book one and Binti has moved forward with her talents. Binti is feeling the pull of home and is ready to visit her family and hopefully find the peace that she has been unable to regain after everything that has happened to her. Binti is strong and determined, but she is struggling with all of the rapid changes in her life. However, returning home is nothing like she expected or hoped for. Joy, apprehension, distrust, longing for what was but can never ...more
[3.5 Stars]

I usually round my rating down if they're .5, but this one was a really strong 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed the commentary on how detrimental rigid expectations can be and how people will be cruel to you sometimes, thinking it's for your own good, because you're disrupting what is viewed as "normal." I really like that the main character stays true to doing what is best for her, and I think that's valuable. I also felt more invested in Binti and her situation than I did in the first n
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this one.

It's been a year since Binti left home to study at Oomza uni despite the wishes of her tribe but it's time for her to return home and hope that she will be accepted new warts and all.

Binti has changed so much since the first book and Home looks at what change entails not only within the eyes of those Binti holds most dear but also within herself.

Don't be put off by the Sci-Fi genre as this books is much more than that as it explores themes of acceptance, sacrifi
The flow of death like water I’d fallen into that in some twisted way gave me a new life.

Home is the aftermath of Binti going to Oomza Uni. Many changes in so little time, and she feels then is time to go home, to her pilgrimage.

There is so many themes here that I hesitate for where start. There is sci-fi that appeals to different ways of thinking , and made us aware of a future with other eyes and ethics. And there is sci-fi that made us think about our idiosincracy. This is old school sci-f
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This was a completely heart-filling story for me. Binti returns home only to find that she no longer really knows who she is or what home should mean to her. Change is an inevitable part of growth, but is always painful because it involves giving up one thing in order to gain another.

An incredibly moving story exploring the question of identity, and one that will stay with me for a long time.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

"I was clear now. I wanted to go home, but I wanted to solve the Edan more. Everything comes with sacrifice."

This was good but so frustrating! After the events of the last book Binti is a galactic hero, but when she goes home her family treats her like a big ol'zero. The love of her friends and family is conditional on her never returning to school, to laboring happily for her brothers gain, to giving up her dreams. And most importantly, they need Binti to condemn herself because her example
Matthew Quann
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novella
Ten MORE things to enjoy in Home, the sequel to Binti

1) A move from the interplanetary scope of the first instalment to the more personal.

2) A pregnant, organic, shrimp-like spaceship!!!

3) Expansion of the key mysteries left unanswered by the end of the first novella.

4) A return to the unique Namibia of the future introduced in the first novella.

5) A story motivated by mystery, where the violence of the last novella appears only as the trauma it has left in its wake.

6) An investigation of how qu
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I don't think this novella series is going deep enough. I've had historical problems with novellas, always wanting either more or less, but novella series have treated me well enough that I expected more from this. Yet I'm just not feeling it.


While I'm still not totally sold on the symbolic nature of this series, I have to admit that Binti and Okwu - both as individuals and as a pair - are lovely. Binti's narrative around PTSD is amazing and her narrative around being mixed r
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Binti returns home to Earth, Okwu going with her. Her family’s not pleased with her, despite the amazing things she did with the Meduse. I enjoyed this novella more than #1 in this series. This story’s about Binti’s family’s expectations as well as her inner conflict and her confusion about who she is now. This story has more sadness and strangeness, as Binti struggles to figure out how to integrate her changes into her perception of herself.
Tudor Vlad
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Quite on par with the first novella, it benefits from being longer but it still felt too short for all the ideas coming out of it. The world and characters are further explored and Binti's journey of self-discovery continues with some curious results. I was somehow under the impression that this would end Binti's story but seeing as Home ends with a massive cliffhanger, I think it's safe to bet that there's more coming and I'm so so happy because of it.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having loved the first novella, I had great expectations for this sequel. The narrative picks up one year after the events that brought Binti to the Oomza University. She is studying, analysing her elan, but also dealing with the repercussions, emotional and physical, of the trauma of surviving the slaughter and of becoming the 'spokesperson' for the Meduse. On top of this, she is homesick.

Home does feel quite different although Okorafor still masterly blends futuristic civilisations with ancie
The Captain
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! Yesterday I reviewed binti, the first novella in the series. It was so good I had to immediately read the second one. 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 was a great second installment. In this novella, Binti goes home to see her parents and family for the first time since leaving them without any warning a ye
When I finished the first « Binti » novella, I felt disappointed: Okorafor touched so many interesting subjects, but barely developed them! I wanted more of Binti’s coming of age, more of the story behind the Meduse conflict, more about the Oomza University, more about how cultural differences can enrich each other when we give them a chance, more, more, more!

“Home” does a good job of answering some of the many questions that crowded my head at the end of the first story. In fact, it is much mor
This would probably have got a higher rating from me if I’d reread the first novella. As it was, I couldn’t tell what was supposed to be new to me and what was just part of me remembering the first book poorly. Things just kept happening, and I couldn’t make any guess about the next event — and then it suddenly ended. I forgot the basics. So if you were wondering about reading this as a standalone, I would say: don’t.

I really want to find the Okorafor novel/la that will work for me. Binti hasn’t
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ovo je nastavak kakav volim. Popravlja vecinu stvari koje su mi smetale u prvom delu. Veci broj strana znaci da imamo vremena da se udubimo u ovaj svet, da ga osetimo, omirisemi, skoro okusimo. Ima mesta da upoznamo sota ljudi i kako su oni povezani medjusobno. I imamo vremena da se detaljnije pozabavimo sa glavnim likom i njeni navikavanjem na svoju novu realnost.

Kao negativne stvari bih rekao da je otvoreni kraj naj slabiji deo. Dok je prva prica bila zaokruzena celina, ovde ocito dobijamo t
I really struggled with the opening chapters of HOME, the sequel to BINTI, and was wondering if I would be one of the few people this series just didn't jive with. But I got totally caught up in it by the midway point and flew through to the end. I'm still not in the "omg this is amazing!!!!111one" camp but I did enjoy book two a lot more than book one. Very curious how this will all end.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kyd-booklikes
So I really enjoyed the first Binti book. This one definitely reads like a middle book. We have a lot of revelations thrown at Binti in this one and then we get a cliffhanger ending. I felt really annoyed since I think every story should be able to end on it's own. Don't get me started on the problem with trilogies in Young Adult fantasy fiction.

In "Home" we find Binti a year later after the events in the first book. Binti is still dealing with the effects she has experienced from the Meduse. S
Actual review: 3.5

“When you face your deepest fears, when you are ready. Don’t turn away. Stand tall, endure, face them. If you get through it, they will never harm you again.”

I was hit by a sudden realisation when I was reading this book: I want more than a character study in a novella. I want action! I want adventure! I want a story!

As a book purely about representation and character growth, I would give this book all the stars. The tale about Binti and how she travels home to be met with adv
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bechdel-pass
Started well and got better and better. If you want to think outside your little box, read Nnedi Okorafor...
"I felt the pain and glory of growth, was straining and shuddering with it."

I loved Binti and this is a stunning sequel.

A year after Binti left home, watched her entire spaceship get massacred by Meduse, and became a hero by stopping an intergalactic war, she's immersed in her studies at Oomza Uni and friends with Okwu, one of the Meduse who murdered her fellow travellers.

She's suffering from PTSD, and trying to make sense of her new life and identity. So she decides to travel home and make ame
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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
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