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    Very good

    I found this to be a well written, interesting variation on a classic science fiction tale. Bright young prodigy is accepted to elite interstellar institution, gets on space ship to travel there, shenanigans ensue. This is a classic, old school SF tale. But Ms. Okorafor breathes new life into it, and turns it on it's head. It is both entertaining, and thought provoking at the same time. Quality adventure, but with examinations of things like race, class and colonialism . Award worthy in my opinion.
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    Very Innovative

    This story was recommended to me by someone in my book group who purchased it, read it and loved it. I also purchased it, read it, and also loved it. The basic story is that a teenage girl gets a full scholarship to study at an ultra-prestigious university on another planet. It is her first time off-planet and the trip to the university is far from smooth due to external factors. The author has taken an innovative approach to this basic story. The cover gives you a very good idea of the approach taken. It is soft science fiction with a bit of mysticism throw in. Well worth my time and money. Reads well. Award-worthy imo.
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    Original take on forgiveness

    Without giving it away, I will say that Binti was a very original take on a very old theme -- culture shock. Yet that descriptor doesn't seem quite fitting. A short and worthwhile read that was reminiscent of Octavia Butler.
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    A Simple Story Told Well

    It is said that the hardest thing for a writer to do is to tell a simple story beautifully. Nnedi Okorafor does this beautifully. This isn't the story of a chosen one or anything cliche like that. It's simply the story of a young woman who wants to go to school. As in our world, her family and culture tell her what she should do and how she should do it. She defies them and follows her dreams which take her into the stars. Unfortunately, things don't go that well for her and she ends up in the middle of an interplanetary conflict.
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    So small

    Great story about seeing through the differences and finding common ground between different species (and different people). An author to keep reading!
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