Remote Control

Tor.com. Jan. 2021. 160p. ISBN 9781250772800. $19.99. SF
Sankofa is on a journey, but where that leads not even she knows. When she was young and known as Fatima, she found happiness in her family and their shea nut tree farm. At five, she was gifted a special box and seed, much like one she had seen come from the sky a year before; at age six her father sold her box and seed to a mysterious corporation; at seven she met Death and lost everything else. Now Sankofa, deemed “Death’s adopted daughter,” searches for that which was taken from her, back when she knew who she was and where she belonged. She is in turn shunned and revered by the people she encounters, finding friendship with a strange fox she meets at the beginning of her journey. Okorafor (Binti) builds a stunning landscape of futuristic technology and African culture, with prose that will grab readers from the first sentence. Sankofa is at once innocent and experienced, facing a world forever changed for and by her.
VERDICT This compelling novella is Africanfuturism sf at its best.
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