Remote Control

Remote Control

Book - 2021 | First edition
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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?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2021
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250772800
125077280X
Characteristics: 159 pages ; 21 cm

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Book of the Week, February 15: “Her story traveled like an ancestor, always ahead of, beside and behind her.”

Meet Sankofa: a girl whose glowing green touch has mysterious power, traveling on a poignant quest in a world of shea trees and robocops with only a fox companion at her side.

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ArapahoeJulia Apr 26, 2021

Remote Control by Nebula and Hugo Award-winner, Nnedi Okorafor, is a small book that packs a big punch! Beautifully written and unlike anything I've picked up before, this one is definitely worth checking out!

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Wako
Apr 09, 2021

Okorafor’s short tale of African-futurism embodies all that I love about science fiction. It’s setting is something known (Ghana), yet distanced enough that we notice some differences (an A.I. traffic cop). The story is grounded in our worldly concerns (dealing with loss and survival, suffering and death), but adds in something otherworldly (a power to kill through force of will). The story is grounded in the reality that powers beyond our understanding are frequently assumed to have some mystical basis (e.g., the belief that Sankofa is the adopted daughter of Death), yet such assumptions rarely tell the whole story. In the end, this is the story of an adolescent girl’s struggle to survive in the face of tragedy and to survive the liminal shift to adulthood. It’s told with skill and craft, and I hope there’s a sequel.

OPL_DavidD Mar 25, 2021

An Africanfuturism sci-fi fairytale about death and memory. It really drew me into the world, and into the protagonist's head.

FPL_Yvette Mar 13, 2021

The people of Ghana have heard the legends of Sankofa (the adopted daughter of Death), different iterations of her story are spread, but she will share her true journey with us. If you enjoy plant-based science fiction, robots, female protagonists, and fairy tales then you'll love this one! The book ends with the opportunity for a sequel.

DBRL_AmandaS Feb 24, 2021

I'm not typically a big short story reader, but it's always worked pretty well for me for science fiction. Despite only being about 160 pages, I really felt like I got to know Sankofa and was invested in her journey. Plus she has a fox friend, so I was instantly on board. If you like endings that answer all your questions, this book may not be for you. However, I really enjoyed puzzling out what Okorafor was trying to communicate about humanity, Western society, and survival. A great read if you’re looking for some light science fiction.

ArapahoeJordan Feb 21, 2021

A fascinating short story! I found how Okorafor handles Sankofa's rise to fame to be interesting and engaging while serving to develop her character. Being a short story, I was impressed that Okorafor was able to develop her main character and deliver an intriguing story that ultimately left me wanting for more, but also ok that there wasn't more. A great read if you are into Science Fiction.

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