Not a bad read, it was a bit of a slow burn. The living ships and tentacled aliens put me in the mind of Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler. I can’t understand how the friendship between Binti and the aliens formed so quickly after the murder and siege that took place in the vessel she was traveling on. And how could so many innocent people murdered be forgiven so quickly without even a second glance? The book left a lot to be desired, leaving the story feeling unfinished. I did, however, enjoy the plot and look forward to reading the second book in the series.
Disappointing. Illogical. Unbelievable. In this ‘episode,’ Binti and her new best friend, who coincidentally murdered all of her other friends on the ship full of innocent people that he attacked, are chugging along on the university planet. Binti, who formerly wanted nothing of her tribe’s traditions aside from the otjize, which she cannot seem to stop talking about, now feels the need to make a pilgrimage. Once back home, everyone just excepts her and NO one questions why she left in the middle night, why she disobeyed her father, why she refused to get married. Nope, everybody is cool. This book had conflict in all the wrong places and ended up feeling woefully unfinished.