Hardcover, 224 pages

Published Nov. 9, 2021 by DAW.

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4 stars (7 reviews)

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 …

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Sci-fi with modern themes

3 stars

This has an interesting premise of what it means to be human despite artificial parts. It also takes on corporate greed and how it effects traditional African culture.

What I found to be surprising and confusing was the corporation's direct influence on the main character's life from childhood.

Overall an okay read with some interesting themes, but too much going on.

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