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Remote Control Kindle Edition
An alien artifact turns a young girl into Death's adopted daughter in Remote Control, a thrilling sci-fi tale of community and female empowerment from Nebula and Hugo Award-winner Nnedi Okorafor
“She’s the adopted daughter of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.”
The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon 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?
Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award (audiobook version).
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"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
About the Author
- ASIN : B0879FRJ9X
- Publisher : Tordotcom; 1st edition (January 19, 2021)
- Publication date : January 19, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 7443 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 156 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 125077280X
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,081 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There is so much here: her power; her fox; her cat; her love of Fanta orange pop; her relationship with technology, her need to walk wherever she goes; her period; her relationships with Africa, with America, with corporations--of course, with death . . . and, more importantly, life.
One thing I longed for here, something essential in most of Ms. Okorofor's stories: a best friend. In 'Who Fears Death' Onyesonwu has many friends, female and male, young and old. In 'Shadow Speaker' Ejii has Dikeogu. In 'Zahrah the Windseeker' Zahrah has Dari. In 'Akata Witch' Sunny has Orlu, Sasha and Chichi. In 'Ikenga,' Nnamdi has the marvelous Chioma. I'm not going to reference all the books. (I may have left out some friends or even misnamed them: I'm writing this from my memory of these books.) It's different in 'Remote Control.' The title could have been 'Who Befriends Death?' Some people do befriend her--and she allows it--but not for very long.
I feel sadness for Sankofa (Fatima). She is so young and lonely, even though she doesn't mind being alone. There is much to love in Sankofa. And there is hope.
Did I mention she really likes spiders?
🪐However, the endearment she has for the constellations is incomparable. Her youthful enchantment leads her to fancy herself a starwriter. She gives planets names all her own. Palm kernel, white spark, owusu, and spider web.
🪐Never could she imagine that her life would change forever from the place that held her heart. On the night that the sky was dazzled with green streaks her family were in awe at the sight. As she sits high on the shoulders of her companion she notices that a streak has fallen from the sky and landed at the feet of her friend. She scrambles down in search of what could be there. A small egg a seed perhaps? What Fatima finds changes her life! If becoming, an orphan is not enough, Fatima becomes the adopted daughter of the Angel of death.
This was a good eye brow furred read and would recommend to lovers of sci-fi! However, I NEED MORE! Are the streets saying that there will be series? So many questions. I read Binti before reading this and this one has definitely catapulted Okorafor to the top of my SciFi favs. I am a new fan of Okorafor and henceforth STAN with all that she writes. I now have all her backlist and now sit in anticipation for the HBO MAX adaptation of Who Fears Death.
Rich in symbolism, the story of Fatima who becomes Sankofa is moving in how it relates to an orphaned girl burdened with a terrible purpose.
I loved the premise for this story and the setting, but I found the writing kept me at a distance from the characters for most of the tale until the very end.
This is one of those books. I started reading and had too much on my mind to be able to concentrate on what was going on. I read the first three pages and the world got in the way. Then I found myself looking for another book to read and this one was sitting in my Kindle waiting patiently for me. I started again and found myself lost in its pages, its possibilities. I could not stop reading and I found myself on page 110 before I could come up for air. The color is amazing. The vibrancy of the story, the pictures in my head, were so amazing. I picked it up today, the next day, and found that it was waiting for me to get lost in its pages one more time.
This will get my vote for book of the year.
This is hopefully, the origin story of a mythological creature that will go on to establish and broaden the mythology through many more volumes.
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I wanted the story to carry on so was disappointed when I realised it was only a short story
I thoroughly enjoyed the mystique, that very much like the protagonist we were in the dark as to the why and how of her powers
Nnedi made my day again. Reading this short, but powerful story, I felt totally touched.
Taking my impressions, i see a little girl, that came in touch with something from outer space, but it could also come from mother earth. Finally this is a good idea, to take mother nature in a comparison to alien powers.
All, life and death comes and goes with mother nature, having this little girl coming from a hut in a little Ghana village. She was totally connected to her Sheatree, The tree liked her and one day she received a gift from it.
From that day on her powers where growing. Did she become kind of radioactive? Was it the concentrated power of mother earth? I don't know and I don't think that it is relevant for this story.
One thing we can learn from this story. Mother Nature is always strong then we are. If we respect her and also show respect to others, then we will always stay safe. If not, we will burn and become nothing more than ashes, a part of mother earth, what we were before, but didn't value.
Thank you, Nnedi for this wonderful story.