Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
This is a fantasy set in a post -apocalyptic Africa. Magic has replaced technology. The Nuru and the Okeke people are waged in a genocide war. According to The Great Book the Okeke people must serve the Nuru. Now, many Nuru are trying to do away with all Okeke after a few attempted uprisings. One way to accomplish this is by raping the Okeke women. A child's lineges is determined by the father. A woman is bound to the father by her child. Children created by rape and violence are known as Ewu.
Onyesonwu is Ewu and everyone can tell by looking at her. This is true of all Ewu children. An Okeke mother and her Ewu child are always ridiculed and sometimes in danger. Onyesonwu's mother Najeeda raises her in the desert alone until she is four. Mother and daughter settle in Jwahir, an Okeke villiage that has not been touched genoicide. Though some villiagers dislike Onyesonwu, she is allowed to grow up in relative peace.
16 yr old Onyesonwn can not sit by as the genocide continues. She leaves Jwahir intent to use her powers to bring about change. There are six people in Onyesonwn's group. Three female friends. Mwita, the only other Ewu child in town and her boyfriend. And, the fiance of one of the friends. The label boyfriend doesn't do Mwita justice. Onyesonwn and Mwita's relationships was my favorites.
I finished Who Fears Death over a week ago and I am still processing everything, from the roles of woman and men, to circumcisions to genocide. Okorafor writing is beautiful with a purpose, I loved it. I don't read much fantasy, so when do, I always appreciate being able to fully enjoy and lose myself in one without feeling lost. Who fears Death is amazing. Check out a few professional reviews