- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: DAW; 1st Edition edition (June 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075640617X
- ISBN-13: 978-0756406172
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Who Fears Death Hardcover – Jun 1 2010
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Praise for Who Fears Death:
"Haunting and absolutely brilliant. My heart and guts are all turned inside out." —John Green, New York Times-bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars
"Who Fears Death is one of the most striking, chilling, truly fascinating, and all-around remarkable novels I've read in a very long time.” —Peter S. Beagle, bestselling author of The Last Unicorn
"Nnedi Okorafor is American-born but her Nigerian blood runs strong, lacing her work with fantasy, magic and true African reality. Many people need to read Who Fears Death, it's an important book." —Nawal El Saadawi, bestselling author of Woman at Point Zero
"To compare author Nnedi Okorafor to the late Octavia E. Butler would be easy to do, but this simple comparison should not detract from Okorafor’s unique storytelling gift." —New York Journal of Books
"Both wondrously magical and terribly realistic." —The Washington Post
"Believable, nuanced characters of color and an unbiased view of an Africa full of technology, mysticism, culture clashes and true love." —Ebony Magazine (editor's pick)
"A fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Beautifully written, this is dystopian fantasy at its very best. Expertly exploring issues of race, gender, and cultural identity, Okorafor blends future fantasy with the rhythm and feel of African storytelling. " —Library Journal (starred review)
"Her pacing is tight. Her expository sections sing like poetry. Descriptions of paranormal people and battles are disturbingly vivid and palpable. But most crucial to the book's success is how the author slowly transforms Onye's pursuit of her rapist father from a personal vendetta to a struggle to transform the social systems that created him." —The Village Voice
"Okorafor is a master storyteller who combines recent history, fantasy, tradition, advanced technology, and culture into something wonderful and new that should not be missed." —RT Book Review (top pick)
About the Author
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the United States to two Igbo (Nigerian) immigrant parents. She holds a PhD in English and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She has been the winner of many awards for her short stories and young adult books, and won a World Fantasy Award for Who Fears Death. Nnedi's books are inspired by her Nigerian heritage and her many trips to Africa. She lives in Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. She can be contacted via her website, www.nnedi.com, or on Twitter at twitter.com/nnedi.
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It’s an interesting setting that Okorafor plays with in this book, and one that is sadly underrepresented in genre fiction. Post-apocalyptic Africa allows for a setting that most Western readers will be largely unfamiliar with, and, if they’re anything like me, their interest will be piqued enough to get them doing some research about issues present in Africa today. Onye is the kind of character who can make you interested in anything she’s involved with, from cultural differences to gender politics to the acquisition of knowledge, simply by being the kind of headstrong and independent character who doesn’t take no for an answer and who tries to forges her own destiny. Onye is The Other, right from the moment of her conception, and how can we resist insight and investment into what makes her tick?
Much like Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed, Who Fears Death is not always a comfortable read, nor is it meant to be. Weaponized rape, female circumcision, sexism, racism, torture. But it also has hope, strength, survival, overcoming adversity, love. This isn’t a book you can read lightly, nor is it a book you can read and go untouched by. It will make its mark on you, and again in the way of Wild Seed, I think an entire book could be written just to deconstruct this book.
Okorafor weaves complex themes around each other into one beautiful and unforgettable whole. Told in the first-person from Onye’s viewpoint, we see actions and consequences both large and small, a story revolving around a believable cast of characters who are selfish and sacrificing, bundles of contradictions and foibles and each one of them is so realistic you finish the book feeling like you just finished a journey yourself. Poetic, insightful, and fluid, this is masterful storytelling as its finest.
The appeal of this book crosses genres and isn’t to be missed by anyone. It’s a timeless and disturbing tale, as applicable now as it is in the hypothetical future it takes place in. Magical realism and spirituality vies with social justice for the limelight, and on the whole this is a brilliant book that will, in the end, leave a deep mark upon your mind.
This is marvelous storytelling by a master storyteller. I originally downloaded a sample chapter, but before I had read past the second page I was so hooked that I immediately bought the book. Okorafor has a command of language and a descriptive power that makes the unusual characters and strange background seem real and alive. It is easy to care about the people we meet here, despite their flaws.
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