Binti

eBook, 96 pages

English language

Published Feb. 20, 2015 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.

ISBN:
9780765384461

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4 stars (32 reviews)

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, …

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review of "Binti"

4 stars

there were so many fresh ideas in this book and I really enjoyed Binti's perspective, and how the main "superpower" is understanding one another.

I wasn't a big fan of the "mathematical trance" thing, idk it felt weird. If it had just been meditation, it would have been more convincing for me.

Review of 'Binti' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

At 16, Binti is the first of her people to leave the safety of home to study mathematics at the unparalleled Oomza University. When her transport ship is attacked and all her future classmates are killed, Binti alone stands between a war that would span the entire galaxy.

This short novella is sharp, poignant, and intense – with complex world building.

Review of 'Binti' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

I loved that this is a sci-fi/action novel in which the driving conflict is not resolved by force or technology, and I love the picture it paints of the interstellar-cosmopolitan university. I wanted more character development--a bit more of Binti ethnicity and excellence, but mainly a few other fleshed-out characters--but I'm also mindful of how short a book this is. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and wonder if it will scratch that itch.

Review of 'Binti' on 'LibraryThing'

4 stars

I loved that this is a sci-fi/action novel in which the driving conflict is not resolved by force or technology, and I love the picture it paints of the interstellar-cosmopolitan university. I wanted more character development--a bit more of Binti ethnicity and excellence, but mainly a few other fleshed-out characters--but I'm also mindful of how short a book this is. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and wonder if it will scratch that itch.

Review of 'Binti' on 'GoodReads'

3 stars

I've been putting off reading this solely because it's a novella. They need to be written in a very specific way, otherwise they end up being not enough. I think that's ultimately what happens with Binti. The story is great, the ideas put forward are unique & interesting, and the writing is nuanced & engaging.

But then what? There are a number of really cool things to explore here, but instead you get precisely one line about them.

- Living ship, designed to have breathing bladders
- The concept of harmonisation
- The specifics of Himba culture


Are just a few pieces you'd want to know more about, but can't due to this format. Perhaps these things will be explored in the following two novellas - but there in lies my point. Why is this three novellas and not three parts to an actual story? If it's not self contained …

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