Binti: The Night Masquerade


As in previous installations of Binti's story, Nnedi Okorafor continues create wide and varied worlds with cultural backgrounds that I'd never even dreamed of getting stories from, while centering values of knowledge-seeking and harmonizing as the primary heroic virtues of the titular Binti. Binti has slowly found out that her genetic makeup is less and less human, but that realization never stops her from being quintessentially human. She has a big heart, and it's her big heart that really draws the reader in.

Warning: Spoilers in the following paragraph.

I do wish, however, that Okorafor hadn't tried to trick the reader twice in the same novella; once when we are lead to believe that Binti's whole family was dead but turns out to be perfectly safe, just trapped, and once when Binti is killed and then brought back to life. Both instances are fairly transparent, but the second is especially so since she'd already pulled something similar earlier in the book. While those two instances detract from the book, they don't stop it from being a wonderful ending to a truly unique trilogy.

 If you liked the previous Binti books, you will love Binti: The Night Masquerade. 

4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.