Monday, July 11, 2011

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Being a fantasy genre freak (not ashamed to say it) I have read a share of books involving faeries, witches, vampires, wizards, wizard school (cough cough Potter cough cough) but reading this book was reading a unique magical adventure I wouldn’t really find in any other fantasy novel.
Published this year, Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor  is written in third person narrative mostly surrounding the progress of Sunny, the main character of the story. Sunny is albino and American now living in Nigeria. At school everyone makes fun of her for her skin color but after finding a gift of her own, things become more unsettling and adventurous for her than she would have figured to handle.
Although, there were some parts that reminded me of Harry Potter, I realized this is way different than Harry Potter. There is a merging of cultures and languages that spice up the book along with its vibrant language and captivating imagery. Okorafor makes sure to also expose certain issues of our own world into the voices of the characters.  I am thankful to have chosen this book. 

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