Book Review: Noor by Nnedi Okorafor (four stars)
I may have been fifty percent machine, but I had the emotional range of a healthy empathetic human being. And so recounting all that led me to that moment in the desert crushed me again.
Great storytelling; great science fiction; great interpersonal relationships. The reader’s story starts when it does for AO. The development is well foreshadowed without being too obvious. The climax is simultaneously a surprise and inevitable. Good job.
“If none of you ever hear from me again, know that it is because you’ve sent me and this woman to a mad man.” “Sometimes madness is the best path!”
Okorafor has a gift for inner dialogue; her protagonist’s reaction to herself and her environment inspires the reader’s sense of being there.
Nigeria has its problems, but it is a wealthy country and so much of its people’s truest wealth remains untapped because the rest of the world sees the entire continent as “war-torn,” “diseased,” and “poor.”
Just enough humor to leaven the bitterness. The usual markdown for gratuitous profanity.
“The problem with you is that you’re so used to pain and discomfort that your definition of feeling okay is not the greatest indicator of being okay.”