Book Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor


This book grabs you by the throat on page one. It’s the story of Onyesonwu, an outcast who possesses strong magical abilities and a lot of rage. She works to control both (with varying success) and goes on a quest to change the world as she knows it. See, she is Ewu, her mother being an Okeke woman who was raped by a Nuru man. In this post-apocalyptic world, Okekes are treated as slaves by Nurus. Onyesonwu hopes to change that.

While this is a story of a Chosen One, she differs from the trope by not being perfect. Onyesonwu has flaws and sometimes they make her falter. She also has love and friends who support her in varying degrees. While the reader may not always understand Onyesonwu’s choices or agree with them, it always makes for an interesting journey. The story is dark and violent, yet there are hints of beauty and hope throughout. There’s a prequel called The Book of the Pheonix and now I need to read it too. I want to know so much more of this world.

Review by Jessica A.


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