Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor is one of the leading lights of fantasy and science-fiction for both adults and children, most famous for her superb Binti trilogy.
Her new book, Remote Control, is a standalone novel but shares some DNA with that trilogy, featuring a teenage girl protagonist with special powers, and demonstrating Okorafor’s knack for complex world-building with the lightest of touches.
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It’s a testament to the author’s skill that she can create a nuanced and profound science-fiction story in just 160 pages, one that is as rich as books three times as long, and both thought-provoking and emotionally resonant at the same time.
Fatima discovers a glowing green seed in her back garden in rural Ghana after a meteor shower, and soon realises it gives her the power to kill.
After a horrible tragedy she leaves home and changes her name to Sankofa, the Angel of Death’s adopted daughter.