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The Night Masquerade
Contributor(s): Okorafor, Nnedi
ISBN: 0765393131     ISBN-13: 9780765393135
Publisher: Tor.Com
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Product Type: Paperback
Published: January 2018
Annotation: "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 withthe 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.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Human-alien encounters; Fiction.
Extraterrestrial beings; Fiction.
Interstellar travel; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Science Fiction | Adventure
- Fiction | Science Fiction | Space Opera
Dewey: 813/.6
LCCN: 2017278933
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Binti
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.35 lbs) 208 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): NNEDI OKORAFOR, born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 8, 1974, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. Her novella Binti won the 2015 Hugo and Nebula Awards; her children's book Long Juju Man (Macmillan, 2009) won the 2007-08 Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa; and her adult novel Who Fears Death (DAW, 2010) was a Tiptree Honor Book. She is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 December #1)

Okorafor's lively, dramatic third and final Binti far-future science fantasy novella (after Binti: Home) finds Binti, the young protagonist, struggling to integrate new perceptions from the recently awakened alien technology in her body. This is an inheritance from her father's tribe, the Enyi Zinariya, that allows her to communicate across long distances, view historical events at the sites where they happened, and experience other similarly disorienting things. Binti has always identified with her mother's people, the Himba, who see her father's folk as uncultured barbarians. The Himba, however, are in danger of being caught up in an outbreak of war between the human Khoush tribe and the jellyfish-like alien Meduse. Only Binti, who happens to be bonded to a Meduse in a hive-mind symbiosis, can possibly blend the cultures, technologies, viewpoints, and interests of all these groups and attempt to bring about a lasting peace. Incident follows incident in a dizzying array, action is fraught with enough emotion for drama to become melodrama, and several key plot points are inadequately foreshadowed, but Binti's powerful feelings of displacement, loss, grief, and joy make this entertaining narrative vivid, funny, and memorable. (Jan.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2016 November #4)
Okorafor picks up her interplanetary adventure story a year after the traumatic events of the Hugo-winning novella Binti. The titular heroine, Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib, is the lone human survivor of a massacre. The jellyfish-like Meduse attacked the living space vessel Third Fish while Binti and her fellow young adults were en route from Earth to the university on the planet Oomza. She now carries Meduse genetic material, which has changed her hair into tentacles, and her best friend at uni is the Meduse Okwu. When she feels a strong call to return to Earth, Okwu accompanies her as an ambassador of the Meduse. Binti hopes to engage in the traditional pilgrimage of the Himba, who live on the edge of the Namib Desert, to cleanse her outbreaks of anger. After traveling home in Third Fish, she finds the situation on Earth is complicated and her pilgrimage may not be possible. Strange happenings press her to choose her path into the future. Within a small space, Okorafor efficiently depicts several distinct cultures and portrays a strong and unusual heroine. A cliff-hanger ending promises more excitement to come. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly.