Binti

Binti

The Night Masquerade

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"Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their ancient rivalry with the Meduse. Far from her village when the conflicts start, Binti hurries home, but anger and resentment has already claimed the lives of many close to her. Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene--though the elders of her people do not entirely trust her motives--and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765393135
0765393131
9781250203441
1250203449
9780765393128
Characteristics: 208 pages ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Night masquerade

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"The Night Masquerade" is the third and final book in the "Binti" series, focusing on culturally diverse, strong female characters in an afrofuturistic setting.

2019 Hugo Award Finalist in Best Novella

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CedarMill_MartiS Dec 06, 2018

The finale of the unique sci-fi novellas following a girl who is the first in her tribe to attend a prestigious university on another planet.


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TipsyDanger
Dec 12, 2018

Binit is a woman divided in this final installment of Okorafor's trilogy. Struggling with her time back on earth, Biniti will need to use her Harmonizer abilities more than ever before to once again unite two warring races- and the war within herself.

While short, "The Night Masquerade" is shocking without feeling rushed, before reaching a satisfactory conclusion for both Binti and readers.

JCLJoshN Jul 30, 2018

An exciting and dreamy conclusion to a lush, beautiful, intriguing trilogy. The way the series touches on the personal, the political, the cultural, and the spiritual with big, imaginative strokes and fine, nuanced brushwork, is wonderful.

KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

I have really enjoyed this trilogy and following along with Binti as she finds her place and builds a better future for everyone mostly be preventing a war. It's also just so refreshing different and new that I can forgive any wee little plot points that may be a bit random. This series is truly different and, as I'm sure I've said before, it is so imaginative. Give the author's other works a read as well. She's must fantastic.

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2018

In the first volume, Binti describes her people, saying “we Himba don’t travel. We stay put. Our ancestral land is life; move away from it and you diminish.” By this third installment, it becomes evident how much Binti has grown from her experience at Oomza Uni, rather than diminished. First she connects with the Meduse, and we see how that changes her, helping her to understand anger, and realize how difficult it is to contend with. She grapples with her father’s roots among the Enyi Zinariya, learning to see them as they see themselves, rather than as the savage Desert People she has been taught to regard them as. And she makes other, new connections in The Night Masquerade. Her journey has been an expansive one that grapples with identity and belonging on many levels.

Find my full review at Required Reading: https://shayshortt.com/2018/01/25/binti-the-night-masquerade/

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2018

In the third volume of her novella trilogy, Nnedi Okorafor continues the story of Binti, who has returned home to Earth after her first year of study at the galaxy’s premier institution of higher education, Oomza Uni. While the homecoming and reckoning with her family and her heritage was difficult, Binti is now faced with an even larger conflict. The peace between the Meduse and the Khoush is tentative, bound to break at any moment, and the Himba may be caught in the middle. Still struggling to control the zinariya biotechnology that she unlocked in Home, and suffering from the side effects, Binti may nevertheless be called to put her skills as a master harmonizer to work on one of the oldest feuds in the galaxy.

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2018

Binti was change, she was revolution, she was heroism.

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