By Nnedi Okorafor
Her identify is Binti, and she or he is the 1st of the Himba humans ever to be provided a spot at Oomza collage, the best establishment of upper studying within the galaxy. yet to just accept the supply will suggest giving up her position in her relatives to go back and forth among the celebrities between strangers who don't percentage her methods or appreciate her customs.
Knowledge comes at a value, one who Binti is keen to pay, yet her trip are not effortless. the realm she seeks to go into has lengthy warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has turn into the stuff of nightmares. Oomza collage has wronged the Meduse, and Binti's stellar go back and forth will carry her inside their lethal reach.
If Binti hopes to outlive the legacy of a battle now not of her making, she is going to desire either the presents of her humans and the knowledge enshrined in the collage, itself - yet first she has to make it there, alive.
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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor