Akata Witch Hardcover – 14 Apr 2011
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"There's more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." -Ursula K. Le Guin
"There+s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor+s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." -Ursula K. Le Guin
Raves for Nnedi Okorafor's writing:
"There's more imagination on a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics." --Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning author of A Wizard of Earthsea
"The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novels I have ever read!" --Laurie Halse Anderson, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of Speak
"I always loved science fiction, but I didn't feel I was part of it--until I read first Octavia Butler, and now Nnedi Okorafor." --Whoopi Goldberg
"Highly original stuff, episode after amazing episode, full of color, life, and death. Nnedi Okorafor's work is wonderful!" --Diana Wynne Jones, award-winning author of The Chronicles of Chrestomanci
"Jam-packed with mythological wonders." --Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
"Okorafor's imagination is stunning." --The New York Times Book Review
"A marvelous and uplifting read, heartwarming in its portrayal of true friendship, heartbreaking in its portrayal of headstrong youth and the perils of pride." --Cory Doctorow, award-winning author of Little Brother
"Fresh, original, and smart. We need more writers like her." --Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind
"Nnedi Okorafor is opening doors into strange and beautiful new worlds. Her heroes are beguiling, her magic firmly rooted in real places and real things. Rich, mysterious, and convincing, Akata Witch takes fantasy in a haunting new direction." --Jonathan Stroud, New York Times bestselling author of The Bartimaeus Trilogy
"The voice of Nnedi Okorafor does not obey the rules of distance, time, or place. Hers is the voice that fuses matter and imagination. She shows us just how close we are to that alternate reality." --Tchidi Chikere, Nigerian award-winning film director and screenwriter
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About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi's work, the New York Times called Nnedi's imagination "stunning." Nnedi has received the World Fantasy Award, the Hugo Award, and the Nebula Award, among others, for her novels. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor at SUNY Buffalo. She divides her time between Buffalo and the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her daughter. Learn more at nnedi.com or follow her on Twitter @nnedi.
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I found it difficult to put this book down, I read until my eyes refused to stay open a second longer and in between work while I waited for the kettle to boil or a screen to load on my laptop. Akata Witch is action-packed, fast-paced, and filled with vividly effective descriptions of a world that merges real images of Nigeria with the fantasy world that the author creates.The author touches on a number of issues along the journey, some in greater detail than others--juju/obeah/black magic (whatever it is called in your neck of the woods); the complexities of the father-daughter relationship; politics especially as it relates to greed and oil in Nigeria; race issues in the US and Nigeria; feminism...many issues that touch the lives of young people today.
The characters are memorable. Although the central protagonist is twelve, other key characters were older and the content should appeal to teens as old as fourteen or fifteen. There is burgeoning romance and a brutal death of two.
Sunny, the main character, spends a lot of the book quite frustrated with the reluctance of those around her to provide information about the world in which she finds herself and I must admit that I shared her pain. When I got to the end of the book I was dissatisfied with the lack of explanations for events that took place. Perhaps that is the nature of the juju. The premise that supported the climax of the book--that four woefully unprepared teens should be mankind's best hope against the world--seemed a bit weak, but it is a fantasy after all.
I recommend Akata Witch. Perhaps there is a sequel in the works...
Read Zahra the Windseeker, instead.
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