Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.4 Llamas


So I was looking up ‘Teen Sci-fi’ and found this book on one of the million lists I looked up. The book is kind-of weird, but it is a sci-fi book soooooo… I tried it.

The book is about a young girl sneaking off her plant (Earth) to join the Oomza University (one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the galaxy or whatever), and she ends up getting caught by aliens. The aliens are called the Medusa and are super creepy and violent. They violently kill and murder humans (very descriptively), and… it’s just not really kid friendly.

Over all, I actually enjoyed the book soooooo much that I ordered the other two at the library. I just don’t think you should read the book if your under, like 12. (If you don’t agree with me, ask your parents… or just don’t read the book.)

WARNING: I enjoyed the first book, but the second book in the series was very different with stuff that didn’t seem youth appropriate to me, so I don’t recommend the rest of this series. You can find my review of the second book here on Young Llama to read more.


  • Surprisingly good sci-fi book
  • Fun plot line


  • Contains descriptive violence
  • Mild cursing (they only cursed like 3 times in the beginning)

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach.

If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself ― but first she has to make it there, alive.

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