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Noor (edició 2021)

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From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria. Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was "wrong". But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong. Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.… (més)
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Títol:Noor
Autors:Nnedi Okorafor (Autor)
Informació:DAW (2021), 224 pages
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Nnedi Okorafor’s Noor is a fierce, tightly-woven tapestry of cybernetic bodies, corporate fascism, and chosen family wrapped in a reverently imagined Nigerian future.

One of my favorite aspects of Okorafor’s work is the author’s precision, distilling epic themes into decisive prose. And Noor’s themes center on some grand questions. What does it mean to be human? How can society spring forward and embrace change while also retaining its essential cultural touchstones? How will we as people survive the continuing impacts of global corporations favoring constant growth over preserving dwindling resources?

We see these struggles personified in AO and DNA. AO has chosen the path of transhumanism, embracing the technological upgrades forced on her disabled body as a child to the point where she wonders if she’s even human. DNA wrestles with the challenge of holding onto his traditional nomadic lifestyle in the face of corporate and governmental forces that have other designs on the nomads’ ancestral lands. And both are forced to face off against the faceless Ultimate Corp, the latest in a long line of colonizers who see Africa only for its potential profit.

Noor’s power comes from Okorafor’s deft hand. There are no throwaway words or filler scenes here. To read it is to be called to hang on every word. But the magic comes from the setting, a real-feeling, and lived-in near-future Nigeria.

This book contains mentions of physical and mental abuse, technological body modification, and descriptions of colonization, violence, and death. ( )
  koreybroderick | Jun 18, 2022 |
I had thought this was going to be a science fiction novel in line with the tone of Okorafor's Remote Control, but Noor is much more dystopian in tone and setting. For the past couple of years I haven't been able to enjoy dystopians at all, and so I am setting this book aside for now because I am not enjoying that aspect of it. Hopefully at some point in the future I'll be ready for dystopians again; this book will be waiting for me when I am.

DNF @ 21%
  ca.bookwyrm | Jun 8, 2022 |
A fun and exciting adventure! ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
Things I really appreciate about Nnedi Okorafor:

1: Her fascinating world-building -- this time, a near-future Africa where the harvest of Solar and Wind power has created a blend of prosperity and dystopia. Love that the brilliance of a lot of this tech is created by a young woman working out of a cave, and that she takes power back when she shares that knowledge.

2: She never pretends, even for a moment, that those in power will be kind. Might makes right -- in control of government and resources, in bias and prejudice, in Industries' use of the environment, in social media stories. Her stories often include almost casual violence, and a shocking acceptance of humanity's insatiable greed for social capital, entertainment, and physical comfort.

I say shocking, because to me, it is. It's also an extremely pragmatic and realistic view of the world. Her characters always struggle against the dominant culture, and this story is no exception. AO and DNA, fleeing to survive, and fighting for context. Both of them loving the desert in very different ways, both of them finding acceptance and struggling to change the world. Lots of twists and turns, with some excellent surprises along the way.

Advanced Readers' Copy provided by Edelweiss. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
An enjoyable short novel (short novel - there's a novel delight in itself) about cyborgs, ecological disaster, and one of the most pervasive and long standing tropes in science fiction: the mysterious, evil, all-powerful corporation which covertly runs everyone, all served to us in a Afrocentric, afro-futurist setting. The plot: AO was born with severe defects mitigated with cybernetic enhancements, even more enhanced after a later car crash, but she suffers extreme prejudice for being a cyborg, which culminates in her killing attackers and setting her on the run to the Red Eye, a desert vortex fatal to anyone not equipped with a force field (here, trendily referred to as an anti-aejej). I was delighted with this story out of my mind, some aspects, the plot and the tropes, channels your typical pulp stories you might pull out of 30s/40s American magazines, but on the other hand, it could also only be written now, in science fiction's current milieu. Another story in conversation with our past, good, bad, and reforming (redemptive?) in its gaze. And of course, the evil corporation sells everything and delivers through drones, ah, right wink wink nod nod. But, don't we just love this stuff. I do. This review was too fancy, this was one good fun story.
  hblanchard | Feb 6, 2022 |
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From Africanfuturist luminary Okorafor comes a new science fiction novel of intense action and thoughtful rumination on biotechnology, destiny, and humanity in a near-future Nigeria. Anwuli Okwudili prefers to be called AO. To her, these initials have always stood for Artificial Organism. AO has never really felt...natural, and that's putting it lightly. Her parents spent most of the days before she was born praying for her peaceful passing because even in-utero she was "wrong". But she lived. Then came the car accident years later that disabled her even further. Yet instead of viewing her strange body the way the world views it, as freakish, unnatural, even the work of the devil, AO embraces all that she is: A woman with a ton of major and necessary body augmentations. And then one day she goes to her local market and everything goes wrong. Once on the run, she meets a Fulani herdsman named DNA and the race against time across the deserts of Northern Nigeria begins. In a world where all things are streamed, everyone is watching the "reckoning of the murderess and the terrorist" and the "saga of the wicked woman and mad man" unfold. This fast-paced, relentless journey of tribe, destiny, body, and the wonderland of technology revels in the fact that the future sometimes isn't so predictable. Expect the unaccepted.

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