My favorite panel on this page is the last one. Una’s so dang smug, because she’s realized she can get into a place that she’s not supposed to, but it’s still “within the rules” since Pakku technically has access to that place. And Pakku realizes that she realizes it, and there’s nothing he can do about it, and he’s going to have a heck of a challenge trying to keep Una from getting access to things she shouldn’t.
I finished reading “Akata Witch” by Nnedi Okorafor and it’s probably my favorite book of the year so far.
Sunny is a girl who walks between many different worlds. The world of “Lambs” (mundane) and “Leopards” (magic). The realms of the spirit and the body. Her dual nationalities of American and Igbo (Nigerian). Yet no matter where she goes, Sunny is always an oddball. An albino, a free-agent, and a girl, all aspects that make life difficult depending on which world she’s in. When she discovers that she is part of an ancient, and secret, magical tradition, she joins a team of four students discovering their unique talents. Each of them has something that makes them stand out, often linked to the very aspects that make them strange to others. Together, they form a Coven, one of the youngest in recent memory, and are soon tasked with tackling a foe that has plagued magical and mundane alike: The Black Hat Killer. Not only are their lives at stake, but if the serial killer continues his dark work, he might unleash an evil that will bring the world itself to an end.
The world building is delightful, the characters interesting, and it offered me a peek into a different culture than the one I’m used to. I thanked Nnedi on Twitter for the excellent read, and she informed me that a sequel is in the works! In the meantime, I’m eager to check out more of her award-winning stories.
Part of creativity is what one feeds it. The more varied the material, the more creativity has to chew on. One of the thing I’m enjoying the most about my book list this year is that I’m finally encountering narratives DIFFERENT than the ones that I’d gotten used to seeing replicated everywhere. It’s been really refreshing to read stories that don’t follow the same stale steps.