Remote Control

Remote Control

3.86 (14,014 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.86 (14,014 ratings by Goodreads)

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The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From here on in she would be known as Sankofa - a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks - alone, except for her fox companion - searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 20mm | 226g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 125077280X
  • 9781250772800
  • 199,859

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A Nommo Award Finalist!

A Locus Award Finalist!

Riveting from its opening page... lyrical and compelling. --Essence

Once again the incomparable Nnedi Okorafor has written a thought-provoking and visionary tale of fantastic Black girl empowerment futurism. --Ms. Magazine

Episodic and organic, the story winds along with a limber rhythm that allows every rich detail of Sankofa's surreal world to surface. It's a cumulative narrative, a slow burn that builds in emotional urgency even as the scope of Okorafor's worldbuilding bursts into something breathtakingly vast. --NPR

Thrilling and surprising all the way through. --The New Scientist

Okorafor's star continues to blaze brightly. --Shelf Awareness starred review

[Okorafor] has a rare ability to open the reader's mind to various futures while creating complex characters and communities... A captivating world, a tragic tale, and a dangerous future. --Kirkus

I loved so many things about Okorafor's book. The futuristic details have wit, energy and brilliance, but there is also genuine depth to the narrative: a serene, folktale-ish cadence that feels timeless. --bookreporter

As the winner of Nebula and Hugo awards, Okorafor has been embraced by the field, and in Remote Control she takes the acclaim and uses it -- in an assured manner -- to radically undermine the stories that the world tells to manifest its power. --L.A. Review of Books

A beautiful, sad, enthralling novella set in a futuristic Africa, Remote Control is a refreshing oasis of creativity... I implore you to discover this lovely, captivating story for yourself. --BookPage

Okorafor builds a stunning landscape of futuristic technology and African culture, with prose that will grab readers from the first sentence. --Library Journal starred review

This imaginative, thought-provoking story uses elements of the fantastic to investigate the complexities of gender and community outside of a European, colonial imagination. Readers will be blown away. --Publishers Weekly starred review

Full of emotional depth and resonance, this is beautiful. --The Big Issue

Narrator Adjoa Andoh captivates listeners with a stunning new sci-fi novella set in a near-future Ghana. Andoh is perfectly in tune with Okorafor's compelling story. --AudioFile

Bewitching. --The Philadelphia Inquirer

More Praise for Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor writes glorious futures and fabulous fantasies. Her worlds open your mind to new things, always rooted in the red clay of reality. --Neil Gaiman

The details of [Nnedi's] world-building--including Binti's rich culture of origin, living spaceships, and maths that read almost like music--are complex and fascinating --Veronica Roth

There's more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics. -- Ursula Le Guin

Okorafor's writing is even more beautiful than I remember it being in Binti, evocative and sharply elegant in its economy. --NPR on Binti: Home
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About Nnedi Okorafor

NNEDI OKORAFOR, born to Igbo Nigerian parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an author of fantasy and science fiction for both adults and younger readers. Her novella, Binti, won the 2015 Hugo and Nebula Awards; her children's book, Long Juju Man, won the 2007-08 Macmillan Writer's Prize for Africa; and her adult novel, Who Fears Death, was a Tiptree Honor Book.
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14,014 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 22% (3,133)
4 47% (6,627)
3 25% (3,563)
2 4% (584)
1 1% (107)
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