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From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria.

Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was "wrong". But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong.

Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold. 

This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

©2021 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2021 Tantor

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At first I had a little difficulty understanding Ms. D.O’s accent although her inflection and dramatization were wonderful and of course an African accent is vital to the ambiance of the story telling. I easily solved my problem by slowing the speed down to 0.9x speed which I found dramatically helped the enunciation and my comprehension.

I thought the story line was very creative and the character and plot development excellent. I only gave the story a four-star because I found the supporting characters somewhat difficult to follow. And of course, the author’s Bindi series and Akata Witch stories set a very high bar for all her subsequent novels.

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I couldn't finish it

I absolutely loved the Binti books. And I really like the narrator. But this book just did not grab my attention like her other books did. I'm going to keep it, maybe I'll try it again later.

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good adventure

a good book about standing up for what you believe in no matter what.

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Amazing!

Noor grabbed my attention from the beginning, and kept me intrigued until the very last word!

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Terrific read!

This is an extremely captivating work from great start to excellent finish. Highly recommended book!

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A Fantastic story

This is the first story from an author who experienced life on the African continent that I have read. It combines current day events and perspective from the point of view of people who are from a different culture and perhaps, class with future technology. It also shows that you don’t have to have advantages created by money to affect change in the world.
Well done!

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a shallow adventure rather than an introspective work

The story leaps from action to action leaving the protagonist (and the reader) bewildered and without direction. The antagonist is the standard evil corporation and the people are complicit in accepting when the corporation supersedes the government. The protagonist reveals the truth of it all mostly by accident and manages to incite revolution and escape each trap through last-minute providence or discovering unforeseen powers. I would have liked to learn more about the implied magic that her companion may have had, or more about the mystic who guides them on their journey. I’m not a fan of the cheap sexual acts the characters indulge in or the way the author portrays marijuana use as not only acceptable but medicinal and even magical. The author portrays the people as simple in thought, barbaric in cruelty, and unsophisticated in politics. I was disappointed to find this novel did not challenge stereotypes of sub-Saharan Africa, but instead reinforced popular preconceptions of a nomadic, brutal people easily swayed by propaganda, power, and promises.

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all around good

love a strong female lead and killer descriptions of food. I'll be listening to this author again

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captivating

I had seen about Noor sometime ago and figured I'd give a listen. 3 days later im done and I can't wait to hear more by the author. thank you for writing such a great story filled with names places and people I can relate to in a way I can relate to.

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Brilliant

Fast paced, action packed novel. Sci-Fi with a novel, modern twist. I loved the inferences to the current business model, and to the indifference caused by comfortable lives.