By Nnedi Okorafor

ISBN-10: 0765384469

ISBN-13: 9780765384461

Her identify is Binti, and he or she 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 relations to commute among the celebrities between strangers who don't proportion her methods or recognize her customs.

Knowledge comes at a price, person who Binti is keen to pay, yet her trip should 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 trip will deliver her inside of their lethal reach.

If Binti hopes to outlive the legacy of a battle now not of her making, she's going to want either the presents of her humans and the knowledge enshrined in the college, itself - yet first she has to make it there, alive.

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Far too easily—unless the stories were lies. She did not think they were. She did not know whether he would take a life just to get across a river quickly, but she feared he might. This made her begin to think of escaping from him. It made her think longingly of her people, her compound, her home . . Yet she made herself womanly for him at night. He never had to ask her to do this. She did it because she wanted to, because in spite of her doubts and fears, he pleased her very much. She went to him as she had gone to her first husband, a man for whom she had cared deeply, and to her surprise, Doro treated her much as her first husband had.

People too valuable to be casually killed," he said. " He gave her a long silent look, then spoke with that same softness. "I may have to go to them, Anyanwu. " She could not recall ever having been threatened so gently—or so effectively. Her sons . . "Come," she whispered. " With concealed excitement, Doro followed the small, wizened woman to her tiny compound. The compound wall—made of red clay and over six feet high—would give them the privacy Anyanwu wanted. "My sons would do you no good," she told him as they walked.

He was young—not yet thirty, she thought. Surely too young to be any threat to her. Yet something about him worried her. His sudden openness after so much stealth, perhaps. Who was he? What did he want? When he was near enough, he spoke to her, and his words made her frown in confusion. They were foreign words, completely incomprehensible to her, but there was a strange familiarity to them—as though she should have understood. She stood up, concealing uncharacteristic nervousness. " she asked. He lifted his head slightly as she spoke, seemed to listen.

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