Tantor. Nov. 2021. 7:11 hrs. ISBN 9781666138320. $19.99. SF
The latest from Okorafor (Binti) explores a future where people can augment their bodies with cybernetic parts while questioning the contents of their souls. In this world, force fields can insulate people from destructive winds, information and energy are readily accessible to everyone, and mega-corporations can know everything about you to better satisfy your desires. AO, a cybernetically augmented woman, and DNA, a herdsman who lives a simple life with only his cattle, flee from a society where they are wanted as terrorists and deviants. While facing the swirling storms of the Redeye, they learn that AO possesses unique abilities that can help them fight back. The audiobook’s narration by Délé Ogundiran helps immerse readers in this future Africa, and Okorafor’s story tackles far-reaching yet timely questions about colonialism, consumerism, and self-actualization.
VERDICT This beautifully depicted example of Africanfuturism, a subgenre coined by Okorafor herself, offers both timely and timeless social commentary.
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