I always linked Nnedi Okorafor to science fiction. I read for the first time I understood And since then they’re obsessed. So when I read Remote Control Earlier this year, my love for Okorafor was just renewed. I knew I had to read flare. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these acronyms have always represented an artificial organism. AO never really felt … natural, and that means it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born in prayer for her peaceful death because even in the womb she was wrong. But she is alive. Then came the car accident years later that struck her even more. And yet, instead of seeing her strange body as the world sees it, as insane, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces everything she is: a woman with lots of big and necessary body enlargements. Then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.
Once she is on the run, she meets a Polish shepherd named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are flowing, everyone is watching the account of the killer and the terrorist and the saga of the evil and crazy woman. This rapid and uninterrupted journey of the tribe, destiny, body and wonder of technology delights in the fact that the future is sometimes not so predictable. Expect the unacceptable.
(Disclaimer: I got this book from the publisher. It did not affect my review that it is unbiased and honest.)
One of my favorite elements of flare Must be the building of the world. Okorafor always has a great seed for building a world. The same core of idea that the whole book revolves around and only expands throughout the story. To flare I loved how in this high-tech world changes in her body make others see her as a ‘demon’. Having that line of ‘too much’. And where is this limit for us, for society, for our family? But aside from building the fantastic and thought-provoking world (especially all the corporate politics !!) I loved the characters.
I knew I was going to love AO. I like how hot she is, how strong, but also how shaped she is by her past. By the treatment of her family, by the circumstances of the accident and by the contempt of the world. At the same time, I found the figure of DNA fascinating. The way their positions look so different on paper, but how they are united by their places as “strangers”. All of their interactions created a dynamic of a fascinating nature. And finally, what I loved about him flare There were twists and turns.
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flare Is a story of a sand sun. Okorafor examines the manipulation of truth and perspective. All the ways in which good words are abused by bad intentions. And the moments when cruel intentions take over the narrative. flare Examines the personal and the political to fight corporate governance. How corpses become battlefields. Whenever our survival became a struggle for existence. find flare On Good readings, Amazon, Indibound, Bookshop.org & The book database.