Title: The Book of Phoenix
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Series: Who Fears Death Prequel
Synopsis: “Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman” – only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.
“Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
“But Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.”
Review: I read this novel in one sitting. I know that’s not unusual for me, but it really was that good! The Book of Phoenix is a perfect combination of a science fiction and a superhero novel. Nnedi Okorafor’s way with words is excellent. I hung on every word, and every phrase. The story moves along at a fast pace, and kept me captivated until the very end. The struggle of Phoenix to adapt to her new circumstances and bring down the mega-corporation that rules this dystopian world is heart wrenching, and fascinating. I highly recommend this wonderful novel.
If you like this book you may want to read:
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
Last Song Before Night by Ilana C. Myer