Can you ever go home again?
Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor attempts to answer that question. Binti returns home after a year away on a spaceship at Oozma University. She brings her friend, Okwu, for support. However, the homecoming does not go as expected and the family treats Binti like a pariah.
She discovers a new threat to her people called The Night Masquerade, and Binti’s return may have caused this being to appear in the village.
This is a middle volume of a trilogy and a bridge to the concluding volume, Binti The Night Masquerade. You must read the first book, Binti, to get the full context of Okorafor’s work. Okorafor weaves African Culture and Mythology into an excellent science fictional setting and tells a universal story of one who leaves the tribe to return for connection.
I’m looking forward to see how Okorafor finishes the trilogy and brings Binti’s journey to womanhood to a close.