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The Night Masquerade

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"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 with the 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: New York, NY : Tom Doherty Associates, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765393135
Branch Call Number: Okorafor, N
Characteristics: 208 pages ; 21 cm
Uniform Title: Night masquerade


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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.

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JCLAnneG Dec 02, 2020

I could not love this trilogy more. This is Afrofuturism and space opera at its best. I was fully surprised at the end with what happened to Binti, and I love the twists in her life. It's thought provoking, and Binti is such a strong female character. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants more science fiction short novellas or more African American fiction novellas in their life.

OPL_DavidD Apr 27, 2020

A strong conclusion to the trilogy about growing up and how you can never truly go home again. Okorafor writes a compelling tale about how our experiences shape us and making peace, not only externally, but internally with our own contradictions.

Dec 12, 2018

Binit is a woman divided in this final installment of Okorafor's trilogy. Struggling with her time back on earth, Biniti will need to use her Harmonizer abilities more than ever before to once again unite two warring races- and the war within herself.

While short, "The Night Masquerade" is shocking without feeling rushed, before reaching a satisfactory conclusion for both Binti and readers.

JCLJoshN Jul 30, 2018

An exciting and dreamy conclusion to a lush, beautiful, intriguing trilogy. The way the series touches on the personal, the political, the cultural, and the spiritual with big, imaginative strokes and fine, nuanced brushwork, is wonderful.

KateHillier Mar 16, 2018

I have really enjoyed this trilogy and following along with Binti as she finds her place and builds a better future for everyone mostly be preventing a war. It's also just so refreshing different and new that I can forgive any wee little plot points that may be a bit random. This series is truly different and, as I'm sure I've said before, it is so imaginative. Give the author's other works a read as well. She's must fantastic.

Jan 26, 2018

In the first volume, Binti describes her people, saying “we Himba don’t travel. We stay put. Our ancestral land is life; move away from it and you diminish.” By this third installment, it becomes evident how much Binti has grown from her experience at Oomza Uni, rather than diminished. First she connects with the Meduse, and we see how that changes her, helping her to understand anger, and realize how difficult it is to contend with. She grapples with her father’s roots among the Enyi Zinariya, learning to see them as they see themselves, rather than as the savage Desert People she has been taught to regard them as. And she makes other, new connections in The Night Masquerade. Her journey has been an expansive one that grapples with identity and belonging on many levels.

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Jan 26, 2018

In the third volume of her novella trilogy, Nnedi Okorafor continues the story of Binti, who has returned home to Earth after her first year of study at the galaxy’s premier institution of higher education, Oomza Uni. While the homecoming and reckoning with her family and her heritage was difficult, Binti is now faced with an even larger conflict. The peace between the Meduse and the Khoush is tentative, bound to break at any moment, and the Himba may be caught in the middle. Still struggling to control the zinariya biotechnology that she unlocked in Home, and suffering from the side effects, Binti may nevertheless be called to put her skills as a master harmonizer to work on one of the oldest feuds in the galaxy.


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Jan 26, 2018

Binti was change, she was revolution, she was heroism.


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