The Night Masquerade

The Night Masquerade

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their anci...

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Title:The Night Masquerade
Author:Nnedi Okorafor
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The Night Masquerade Reviews

  • Nnedi

    Oh, you'll see. ;-)

  • Leah Rachel

    There aren’t many words that I can use to describe how good

    is, and if there were any words I could use, they would probably spoil it. So here’s what I can say.

    I can say that the conclusion to the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning series more than does the first two volumes justice. It in fact blows all of the science fiction novels I have read out of the water entirely, evoking Bradbury, Le Guin, and Butler while at once being, of course, completely new.

    I can say that you might

    There aren’t many words that I can use to describe how good

    is, and if there were any words I could use, they would probably spoil it. So here’s what I can say.

    I can say that the conclusion to the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning series more than does the first two volumes justice. It in fact blows all of the science fiction novels I have read out of the water entirely, evoking Bradbury, Le Guin, and Butler while at once being, of course, completely new.

    I can say that you might expect certain things from this conclusion, and I would warn you not to expect anything from a series that defies all expectations.

    I can say that Nnedi Okorafor’s world-building continues to blow me out of the water, and that it’s given me a new love for grasshoppers, and that it makes me want to lay out beneath a night sky, and visit a desert, and that I am still held in wonder of the things she has created.

    I can say that I read it late into last night as my anxiety and insomnia kept me awake, and that this book twisted me into unending circles in the best way. I can say that I read it on the way to work today like someone entrance, and that it twice shocked me into tears, and that it once made me stop in my tracks and say, “How dare you,” loudly enough that a fellow commuter walking in the other direction stopped to give me a very strange look.

    I can say that as you begin this book, Nnedi Okorafor holds all the rules of science fiction in her hands, and that as you read, she drops them at your feet to smash, and she laughs, and you laugh too.

    comes out in January 2018. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. You should preorder now. You won’t want to miss the conclusion of the to-be-science-fiction-classic that is Binti.

  • Ryan

    Somehow, a galley proof fell into my hands and I greedily consumed it without asking questions. What a toothsome morsel!

    I love the way this story has been growing with each installment: the plot expanding right along with its protagonist's horizons. Okorafor's first two Binti books caught my attention with their unique voice, effortless worldbuilding and amazing ability to do what sci-fi does best: reflect our own human natures back at us in the mirror of alien cultures. This third installment

    Somehow, a galley proof fell into my hands and I greedily consumed it without asking questions. What a toothsome morsel!

    I love the way this story has been growing with each installment: the plot expanding right along with its protagonist's horizons. Okorafor's first two Binti books caught my attention with their unique voice, effortless worldbuilding and amazing ability to do what sci-fi does best: reflect our own human natures back at us in the mirror of alien cultures. This third installment takes it to eleven while remaining a quick and easy read.

    I can't recommend it enough!

  • Kate

    The Binti trilogy is one that I know I'll revisit again and again. The final installment is even better than the first two. I've never read anything like these books - they are so magical.

  • Cheryl DeFranceschi

    All the stars! Binti was so many things! You cannot help but love this brave and resilient girl. What a wonderful world-building, positive and radiant read. Loved loved loved it. You all have a great treat coming your way.

    Thank you to Tor.com and Edelweiss for the Arc in exchange for an honest review. And honestly, I loved it!

  • Candice Opper

    This is a review of a galley copy

    I love everything about this. The different cultural center to the trilogy gives it a completely different feel and goal from almost every other sci-fi book I've read.

  • Ceillie

    A good ending to a stunning series. Full review to come closer to publication.

  • Liz

    ::I received an egalley of this book from Netgalley and Tor in exchange for an honest review::

    4.25 stars

    This was a really strong conclusion to the series. There was a lot of action and some exciting things that happened. I would say I felt things tied up a little too neatly but I wasn't unhappy about that. I would really love to re-read the series together. I felt like there were some details I lost between the three volumes and had to try and remember. I would love to see a bind-up of all three

    ::I received an egalley of this book from Netgalley and Tor in exchange for an honest review::

    4.25 stars

    This was a really strong conclusion to the series. There was a lot of action and some exciting things that happened. I would say I felt things tied up a little too neatly but I wasn't unhappy about that. I would really love to re-read the series together. I felt like there were some details I lost between the three volumes and had to try and remember. I would love to see a bind-up of all three! Highly recommend to people who have read and enjoyed the first two volumes, Binti and Binti: Home. Also highly recommended the whole series to anyone that enjoys sci-fi.

  • Alexandra

    This novella was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It will be on sale in January 2018.

    This story follows on from Binti and Binti: Home. You really need to have read them first, and you will really want to because they're great. 

    Binti has changed: she changed by leaving home, she changed through her dreadful encounter with the Meduse, through her time at university, through her discovery about the truth of the Desert People. One of the major issues that she continues to deal with

    This novella was sent to me by the publisher, Tor.com, at no cost. It will be on sale in January 2018.

    This story follows on from Binti and Binti: Home. You really need to have read them first, and you will really want to because they're great. 

    Binti has changed: she changed by leaving home, she changed through her dreadful encounter with the Meduse, through her time at university, through her discovery about the truth of the Desert People. One of the major issues that she continues to deal with in this, the third and final story, is the ongoing consequence of those changes. Personally, and in her relationships with family and her wider community, and indeed the world. While there are broader things of concern going on, this is really the heart of Okorafor's story and I really love it. She ends up feeling so many connections to so many people and groups; the question of how you please yourself, or everyone, is of ongoing concern. 

    Aside from her own personal tussles, this book is also focused on the ancient feud between the Khoush and the Meduse, which Binti discovers herself in the middle of. It's been in the narrative since the start, since it instigated the events that made Binti who she is. Okorafor looks at how two large political entities might confront one another, as well as how that impacts on the non-involved around them. 

    All three Binti stories are wonderfully well written. Okorafor writes dialogue beautifully and she evokes the desert, here, powerfully. I do feel that this is the least satisfying of the stories overall, mostly because the conclusion felt slightly rushed and there were a couple of connections that didn't flow as well as I expected. Nonetheless, it was a hugely enjoyable read and I definitely recommend reading all three. 

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    ...please wow me. please wow me. please wow me please wow me please wow me

    - ★★★

    - ★★★

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