Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, #1)
The pacing was strange and dreamlike. I don't normally read novellas and this one felt far too short of an exploration for such a rich world as was hinted at in the text. Luckily for my satisfaction there are sequels which I will be exploring, as I have been intrigued and want to linger longer here. There is just enough explanation of technology as to be satisfying without being hard sci-fi. I'll have to see how the later books handle it before I can say whether this is due to the brevity of the text or if it's a stylistic choice that will persist in the series. Overall I liked it and will be fine with either in the sequels.
I appreciated how it doesn't slow down for my lack of understanding, while also conveying some of the feel of the emotional burden in being alone in a crowd and constantly code-switching to explain one's self to others.
I shouldn’t leave this without mentioning that it has a lot of trauma in close succession with very little after-care, neither for the characters nor the reader. Since it’s very short and it has sequels I’ll be looking there for what this book is missing, and I’m reserving judgement until I see how it all plays out.