By Nnedi Okorafor
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"Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor is a compelling science fiction novella that follows the journey of the titular character, Binti, a young Himba girl from Earth who becomes the first of her people to be accepted into the prestigious Oomza University—an intergalactic institution.

Leaving behind her family and tribe, Binti embarks on a space voyage, seeking knowledge and adventure. However, her journey takes an unexpected turn when the Meduse—an alien race with a deep-seated grudge against humanity—attack her transport ship, leaving only Binti and a wounded pilot as the survivors.

Faced with imminent danger, Binti must find a way to bridge the gap between the warring human and Meduse factions and prevent an all-out war. She discovers a hidden ability within herself, using ancient knowledge passed down through generations of her people, and becomes the unlikely mediator between two races on the brink of destruction.

Through her perseverance and determination, Binti challenges the norms of her society, defies expectations, and helps others recognize the value of understanding and compromise.

Nnedi Okorafor's "Binti" is a gripping tale that explores themes of identity, culture, and the power of education. With its vivid world-building, strong protagonist, and thought-provoking narrative, this novella is an exciting and immersive introduction to the larger Binti series.
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