The Night Masquerade

The Night Masquerade

The concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor's Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.Binti has returned to her home planet, believing that the violence of the Meduse has been left behind. Unfortunately, although her people are peaceful on the whole, the same cannot be said for the Khoush, who fan the flames of their anci...

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Title:The Night Masquerade
Author:Nnedi Okorafor
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Edition Language:English

The Night Masquerade Reviews

  • Nnedi

    Oh, you'll see. ;-)

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)

    4.5 stars!

    I need moreeeeee!!!

  • Robyn

    Things I love about the Binti series that are fully brought home in this satisfying conclusion:

    1) The creation of a future that is genuinely DIFFERENT. Not just medieval Spain but in space! Or contemporary geopolitics, but in space! Or aliens, but with our exact same Western social structure. I get confused, I have to reread, because things are WEIRD in the world of Binti. Wonderfully so. (And yes, of course there are recognisable aspects of current societies, but it just feels like one thing Ok

    Things I love about the Binti series that are fully brought home in this satisfying conclusion:

    1) The creation of a future that is genuinely DIFFERENT. Not just medieval Spain but in space! Or contemporary geopolitics, but in space! Or aliens, but with our exact same Western social structure. I get confused, I have to reread, because things are WEIRD in the world of Binti. Wonderfully so. (And yes, of course there are recognisable aspects of current societies, but it just feels like one thing Okorafor most certainly does not lack is imagination.)

    2) The way the story highlights the struggle of acceptance and adoption of new ways, new cultures, heck, new body parts!, without losing the parts of your home culture that really truly matter. You can grow and change without losing sight of your roots, and Binti does this in the most remarkable ways.

    So yes. A +++, would recommend, great finish to the series.

  • Lindsay

    At the end of

    , Binti had connected with her father's people, the Enyi Zinariya but while with them received news that both her family and her friend Okwu were under attack by the Khoush, another human tribe.

    We pick up with Binti and Mwinyi heading back to Osemba and fearing the worst. The peace between the Meduse (Okwu's people, giant floating blue jellyfish) and the Khoush appears to be shattered and they will need a master harmonizer to restore it. But Binti may now be too different from

    At the end of

    , Binti had connected with her father's people, the Enyi Zinariya but while with them received news that both her family and her friend Okwu were under attack by the Khoush, another human tribe.

    We pick up with Binti and Mwinyi heading back to Osemba and fearing the worst. The peace between the Meduse (Okwu's people, giant floating blue jellyfish) and the Khoush appears to be shattered and they will need a master harmonizer to restore it. But Binti may now be too different from her people for them to support her.

    These books are flawed. A lot of plot developments come out of the blue with no previous mention and change everything. Some actions of key characters make little sense, and characterizations feel inconsistent even within the individual stories. That being sad, it's crazy inventive, and very different from most other science fictional futures, coming from both unfamiliar Earth cultures and very alien space cultures with even weirder technologies.

    I recommend this whole series.

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I would not read this without reading the previous Binti books,

    and

    . So much of the detail in this story comes from the world-building in the first two, and reading the third is a much richer experience with that knowledge under your belt.

    That said, this is an interesting exploration of a different type of conflict with species who can hardly communicate. Binti has a role to play although it is one she does not even understand entirely. She returns back to school, to a place that has

    I would not read this without reading the previous Binti books,

    and

    . So much of the detail in this story comes from the world-building in the first two, and reading the third is a much richer experience with that knowledge under your belt.

    That said, this is an interesting exploration of a different type of conflict with species who can hardly communicate. Binti has a role to play although it is one she does not even understand entirely. She returns back to school, to a place that has demonstrated that people of all possible modes of communication and lifestyle

    live in peace with a few simple accommodations and not only does it serve as a sharp contrast to her home planet, but to our world as well.

    I don't want to say much more about it but this is a great conclusion to this imaginative trilogy. Don't forget your

    on the journey.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    this series is so aggressively Not For Me it literally needs a sign saying “everything critically great about sff that Elise does not like in sff all in one book” because that is what this is

    Let’s just admit this one is my fault. I knew this wasn’t going to be a book for me. I knew, going in, that both

    and

    were extremely well-written and yet

    . I should not have read this, I should have stopped at Binti, and I regret my actions. I’m sorry, okay?

    this series is so aggressively Not For Me it literally needs a sign saying “everything critically great about sff that Elise does not like in sff all in one book” because that is what this is

    Let’s just admit this one is my fault. I knew this wasn’t going to be a book for me. I knew, going in, that both

    and

    were extremely well-written and yet

    . I should not have read this, I should have stopped at Binti, and I regret my actions. I’m sorry, okay?

    But... do you want to hear my severely mixed opinions on this book anyway? Because I’m giving them.

    I think the problem with this novella series is it is entirely for people who looooooove worldbuilding. And here is the thing:

    I am so consistent on this that I have it in my bio - I read primarily for atmosphere, characters, and themes and I genuinely don’t think I have never enjoyed anything

    .

    Yes, the character work in this book is - occasionally - really fantastic, and the theme work even more so. I think my greatest excuse for not liking it is that… the themes just aren’t the focus. I know everyone markets these books as being all about theme work, but jesus, where the fuck is the theme work? Because to me, it is buried under about eight layers of worldbuilding that I don’t actually care that much about.

    I would totally love these...

    And I would probably evangelize them if Binti herself were the constant focus. Listen, the only reason I kept reading these is because I literally

    Binti - her coping mechanisms for ptsd, her mix of anger and calm, the occasional exploration of her now being two species all made an impact on me. And her platonic relationship with Okwu randomly means a lot to me, your local platonic relationship stanner. But it’s just not the focus!!

    Hey, maybe I’ll get some comment saying I just didn’t get it and I need to reread. Maybe I just don’t understand Good Literature. It’s chill.

    Okay, let’s be fair to the book - I’ve seen a lot of reviews praising how subversive this book is. This book is also a part of a genre I have no knowledge of. Sooooo before taking my review as the gospel, please do consider that I may just not be the intended audience for this. As the #1 supporter of trope subversions everywhere, I would consider leaving this out of my review a huge waste.

    Oh, but on the topic of tropes, because I’m angry: something I always appreciated about this series was the total lack of romance.

    I know I sorta hate romance, but really... why?

    Listen, I hate giving it’s-not-you-it’s-me reviews. I hate feeling like I’m copping out or trying to avoid offending anyone when I write these. So trust me when I say I would not hesitate to trash these if they were bad - I just actually genuinely think this is a case of it’s-not-you-it’s-me.

    I guess we can’t win them all.

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  • Lata

    3.5 stars.

  • Holly

    Eh? This book has two sides to it. On one hand, there's deaths! There's a battle! There's an explanation finally behind the mysterious edan! On the other hand, (major spoilers!)

    Eh? This book has two sides to it. On one hand, there's deaths! There's a battle! There's an explanation finally behind the mysterious edan! On the other hand, (major spoilers!)

    So this book SHOULD have been great, but it just wasn't. And I am disappointed. Everything that should have been emotional definitely wasn't. Everything that should have been a fun big reveal, was just crazy. The Mary Sue limit has been vastly exceeded.

    Too bad, because I liked the previous two books.

  • Hollis

    So, I'll admit this isn't my kind of sci-fi. I went into BINTI with high hopes because of all the hype and praise and came out confused and definitely on the wrong side of the fandom. That being said, though, I enjoyed HOME a lot more and was very keen to see where things would go for Binti and these characters for the final chapter of her story. Aaaand it was everything the first book was but worse. I absolutely did not enjoy this. I felt the writing was completely different, Binti herself was.

    So, I'll admit this isn't my kind of sci-fi. I went into BINTI with high hopes because of all the hype and praise and came out confused and definitely on the wrong side of the fandom. That being said, though, I enjoyed HOME a lot more and was very keen to see where things would go for Binti and these characters for the final chapter of her story. Aaaand it was everything the first book was but worse. I absolutely did not enjoy this. I felt the writing was completely different, Binti herself was.. childish, and I was just completely underwhelmed by everything.

    Not a series for me and not a series I would recommend.

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