Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of Phoenix is a delightful novel. The novel follows the titular character, Phoenix, a woman imprisoned in a city tower along with a number of other subjects, all with their own unique abilities, all dangerous, and all carefully guarded. One of the novel’s many strengths is the storytelling style of the author: it stands out because of a unique voice, and the narrative style of the author. The manner in which the story is told is just one aspect of this novel though, and it has many more features to recommend it: a strong and sympathetic main character, an interesting world, and the subject matter itself which raises parallels with events in history while at the same time posing questions about our own society and the future of the human race.
At its heart, though, this is a fantastic story – a unique, absorbing tale of sorrow and struggle, wonderfully crafted, and beautifully told.