Date finished: February 7, 2019

Rating: ★★★★

The Night Masquerade (Binti, #3), Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor writes captivating science fiction and fantasy. The Binti trilogy as well as Akata Witch and Akata Warrior have astounded me, and I’m amazed at her world-building ability and her portrait and characterization of protagonists Binti and Sunny.

The final installation in the Binti trilogy, The Night Masquerade, kept me just as captivated as Binti and Home. Binti and Okwu are lasting characters, and, while I often struggle to picture alien creatures, Okorafor excels at painting pictures of the Himba, the Meduse, the Khoush, and the different creatures and characters Binti befriends along the way.

Okorafor has been compared to Octavia E. Butler, but I personally find Okorafor’s worlds more captivating and easier to picture and understand than Butler’s complex universes, like that in Dawn.

Binti is an admirable, memorable character, and one that younger readers and adults alike have and will continue to embrace with excitement. I highly recommend this whole trilogy, as well as the Akata Witch series, for any sci-fi and fantasy fans.

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