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Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor

More of a fairytale than a science fiction book but entertaining.

Set in Ghana in the near future, it tells the story of Sankofa who gains mysterious powers that can cause massive destruction and death. We find out how she came to get the powers and her wanderings around Ghana, first trying to find a man who took something from her, then just trying to live a normal-ish life.

It’s described as science fiction and there are elements of it to it but they’re more incidental than anything else. It struck me more like a fairy tale and I did enjoy it well enough. I was interested to find how this girl came into her powers and what had happened but we actually find all that out fairly quickly and after that it was more of a travelogue. The author did a great job of showing her loneliness and horror at what had become of her and you do feel for her.

I’m not sure if there was a message the author was trying to impart but if there was I totally missed it. It was definitely a bit different than what I usually read so that was great and the liked the fact it was a novella so wasn’t too long. Being a novella you do sometimes feel like you miss out on more detail but honestly not sure what else really needed to be said.

3 stars

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