Buon lunedì e buon luglio, prodi seguaci!🌈
Sorprendentemente, questo fine settimana non mi sono liquefatta, ma sono riuscita a finire Binti di Nnedi Okorafor e a guardarmi una stagione e mezzo di Lucifer perché l’idea di uscire quando potevo stare a casa a ingurgitare litri di acqua e a mangiare gelato non mi sembrava per niente attraente. Siccome quando è troppo caldo il mio cervello non riesce nemmeno a leggere… ciao, Lucifer Morningstar!😈
«I am Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib», I whispered. This is what my father always reminded me when he saw my face go blank and I started to tree. He would then loudly speak his lessons to me about astrolabes, including how they worked, the art of them, the true negotiation of them, the lineage. While I was in this state, my father passed me three hundred years of oral knowledge about circuits, wire, metals, oils, heat, electricity, math current, sand bar.
And so I had become a master harmonizer by the age of twelve. I could communicate with spirit flow and convince them to become one current. I was born with my mother’s gift of mathematical sight. My mother only used it to protect the family, and now I was going to grow that skill at the best university in the galaxy… if I survived. «Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka of Namib, that is my name», I said again.
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.