Once again, the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast is to blame for me finding out about a fucking awesome book/author. This time around it was Nnedi Okorafor and her sorta post-apocalyptic book Who Fears Death. (Listen to her Geek’s Guide episode in the youtube video below.)
I say “sorta” post-apocalyptic because this book is so much more than PA, and really, the PA elements don’t become completely clear until the very end. It was a beautiful book, and every page was another bit of proof for how well Okorafor understands the world. The book got sexism. It got women. It got racism. It got story. It got character. It got people. It got relationships. It got me turning pages and underlining like a madman and now I have gone and waited far too long to write this review to really do it justice. For that I apologize, to you and to Ms. Okorafor. Fuck.
So what do I do now? Tell you about how fun it was to read fantasy that took place in Africa instead of in America or faux Europe? (That is to say: in a setting I don’t encounter often in my reading—my own fault—but that I would like to read in my SFF books more often. Publishers take note.) Recount the fucking wonderful lead character’s journey through the desert, tell you all about her magic, about her mother’s story, about the hatred she has always faced for being marked as born of rape and how she deals with it? Rant and rave and hope something persuasively coherent comes out of it? Let’s just go with a simple statement:
Nnedi Okorafor is an author you need to read. Her books will make your shelves better; her books will make you better. I can’t wait to read Lagoon.
Where I got it: Ordered through Hugendubel