Looking for magical realism, dark intensity, grief, and death?
Tune your jelli-telli to Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor!
Pick this up if you’re looking for dark, short, adult sci-fi!
I read it in one sitting! This was my first time reading a novella, and the experience reminded me of staying up all night to read fanfic. I couldn’t put it down! I never knew professionally published literature could be this gripping! It showed me that reading original works can be very enjoyable, I was just rarely exposed to original works I was passionate about growing up.
I went into this thinking Death was a literal character. Turns out, she’s part of the mythology surrounding the protagonist: Sankofa. This in-universe mythology drives home how infamous Sankofa becomes throughout the book. Her technology-breaking powers in particular rear their head in a brutal way in Remote Control’s near-future setting.
At the moment, I’ve just started rereading this book, so I might have some highlights for y’all shortly.
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