Binti is a young Himba woman who embarks on a journey unprecedented by her people, to attend the prestigious Oomza University. On her way there, disaster strikes and she must use her amazing skills and people's wisdom to prevent further tragedy. This novella is a beautiful example of how less is often more!
Sci-Fi can be... dark. Gritty. A dramatic sequence of hard choices and unforeseen events.
This is none of that.
Reminiscent of Firefly and Star Trek, it is filled with top-notch characterization, questions of morality, and fascinating clashing of culture dynamics. I fell in love with all the characters, both human and alien, and was glad for a reprieve from the heavy stories normal for this genre.
Although Chamber's second book is set in the same universe as her first, it is far from a sequel. She switches perspectives between an AI trying to hide her identity among organics, and a young clone-girl born to slave away in a scrapped-tech factory. She covers issues of body dysphoria and perseverance in the worst situations, as well as what it means for each of us to live our lives on our own terms. I loved it even more than her first book!