April 8, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Binti: Home (Binti #2) by Nnedi Okorafor
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*Published January 31, 2017*
The second novella in Binti, we join Binti and Okwu at Oomza University a year after Binti and Okwu were admitted and we see Binti struggling to come to terms with being far from her family and how this will impact her culture, her family, and her.
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 Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.
After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?
This book and the last book are a continuous storyline, a storyline where Binti learns that not only is she Himba, as she has been told all her life, but she is multiple cultures and people now. She has connections to what the Himba call the Desert People, to the Meduse, and to humankind in general. But Binti doesn’t want to be a multitude of people, she just wants to be Himba, that’s all she has known since she was small, she is Himba and Himba don’t leave. But leaving creates a divide, a divide Binti didn’t expect to be within her family when she comes back, a divide she thought would be easily breached when she did come home.
I enjoy this particular book because I can see real emotion within Binti. She’s someone who is not only scared of who she is becoming, but of who she is right now as well. The more she changes, the more she wants to stay the same which is what a lot of people are going through. I have felt some of her emotions when change has come upon me, change that I do not want but it is change that has turned out for the better, once I looked back and saw what that change did for me.
What changes have come up in your life that you did not expect? Did you seek out the change, but did change find you? Comment below and let me know!