At this point I consider the author a master of her works. I’ve never been disappointed by anything of hers I’ve ever read.
When we’re introduced to the story it takes place in Africa. West Africa, specifically Nigeria.
In this story we follow AO, a woman who was born disabled and throughout her life has augmented her body, changing out malformed legs and a missing arm for cybernetic legs, matching arm and eventually a chip in her brain.
She’s looked down on for it, most people, we find out, see her as a machine first or a demon. She’s a mechanic and after a nasty event at a market, AO goes on the run.
From there we meet DNA. They get off to a rough start but the day before they met DNA, a Fulani herdsman, went through his own personal nightmare and they are kindred spirits in it.
The themes in the book are easy to follow and leave it open to ask a lot of questions.
While I didn’t really love the characters, I felt a certain kinship with AO. We have similar health issues and if I could replace the parts of me that don’t function as they should, I’d do it in a heart beat.
As usual, the worldbuilding is fantastic and there is enough room in it for more stories if she chooses. I’d love to know more about the fallout of the characters’ actions in the last 15% of the story. And a prequal would be interesting as well.
I will spoil none of this book. There are two “sex scenes” but one is cut to black and the other has really no detail. It’s like a sentence or two.
And they actually matter to the story. I’ve read some stories where it feels like author’s have just thrown sex into it because they could. This was not that. It was tasteful and it said something about the relationship the characters were developing.
There are some pretty obvious parallels in this story to our current world. The horrendous asnd continued exploitation of African countries and even people thinking of Africa as one big country instead of being made up of many. And the way giant corporations cause so much havoc and can still get away with it.
This book gets a solid four (4) stars from me. I can’t give it five (5) because I just didn’t fall in love with the characters but I did like them quite a bit. Especially the cows.
I will not put this book in the category of Afrofuturism even though others have put the author’s works there. It is Africanfuturism.
Here is a link to the author explaining what that means and why it is to be used for her work.
It’ll be out November 9th so be sure to pre-order!
I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.