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Lagoon by [Nnedi Okorafor]
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The Waters Of 'Lagoon' Are Choppy But Enthralling

About the Author

Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism. Born in the US to Nigerian immigrant parents, Okorafor is known for weaving African cultures into creative settings and memorable characters. Her book, Who Fears Death has been optioned by HBO, with Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin as executive producer. Okorafor is a full-time professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).


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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00O65X836
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Gallery / Saga Press; Reprint edition (July 14, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 14, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2110 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 321 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 469 ratings

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Nnedi Okorafor’s books include Lagoon (a British Science Fiction Association Award finalist for Best Novel), Who Fears Death (a World Fantasy Award winner for Best Novel), Kabu Kabu (a Publisher's Weekly Best Book for Fall 2013), Akata Witch (an Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (a CBS Parallax Award winner). Her adult novel The Book of Phoenix (prequel to Who Fears Death) was released in May 2015; the New York Times called it a "triumph". Her novella Binti will be released in late September 2015 and her young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Breaking Kola will be released in 2016.

Nnedi holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY). She splits her time between Buffalo and Chicago with her daughter Anyaugo and family. Learn more about Nnedi at

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Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor is a Afrofuturist novel following Adaora, Agu and Anthony after a sonic wave disrupts Nigerian life. Taking place over the span of a couple of days, Okorafor takes us through multiple perspectives and the inner workings of technology, ecology and challenges the reader to question whether multiple narratives actually remove the issues that come with a single story.
After having read the authors’ The Book of Phoenix, I was going into this with some sort of expectation of her writing style, which is very abrupt and explicit and poignant, and while this book definitely can be described similarly, it can be a very overwhelming book with odd portrayals of characters. Okorafor has said this book is a response to the portrayal of Nigerians in the movie District 9, and it makes sense considering there are so many characters, but sometimes I think it became too character driven and not really Nigerian driven.
Some brilliant aspects of the book were the interweaving of the lives of the characters, making it something of a game for the reader to work out which characters have more information than we do, and which characters are in for a shock because we know what’s about to happen. The jumping forwards and backwards, often by only a matter of minutes or hours, really places the reader at a vulnerable crossroad in the plot, and it is quite remarkable how Okorafor pulled it off without the characters muddling together as one. However, the effect was that sometimes the perspectives didn’t really add to the story and they were merely present.
The presence of animal perspectives as well was really quite unique I think, and really highlighted how literal Okorafor took the question “who is affected by X?”, as she always does. This all-encompassing approach to cause and effect in the context of an alien invasion is brilliant to me and I actually appreciated the animal perspectives more than some human ones.
Additionally, the religious dynamic of the novel, with conversations of Christianity in the south and Islam in the north, which is the current situation in Nigeria, played out really beautifully, especially when paired with the traditional Igbo and Yoruba mythologies and spirits. These traditions sprinkled throughout were very intentional and felt like they deserved a place in the plot, which I cannot say for all the characters.
Overall, while this book is slightly chaotic and overwhelming, I do think this book is one worth reading, but maybe not as Okorafor’s first book. If you were interested in her novels, I would wholly recommend the Binti trilogy first and then The Book of Phoenix. This book may fascinate some people I am sure, especially sci-fi lovers who are looking for something a little different and modern, but it didn’t quite excite me as much as make me anxious.
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