Nnedi Okorafor

fiction fantasy science science fiction
adventurous challenging reflective medium-paced

320 pages | first published 2014

When a massive object crashes into the ocean off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous and legendary city, three people wandering along Bar Beach (Adaora, the marine biologist- Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa- Agu, the troubled soldier) find themselves running a race against time to save the country they love and the world itself… from itself.

Told from multiple points of view and crisscrossing narratives, combining everything from superhero comics to Nigerian mythology to tie together a story about a city consuming itself.

‘There was no time to flee. No time to turn. No time to shriek. And there was no pain. It was like being thrown into the stars.’

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adventurous 89%
mysterious 67%
hopeful 42%
challenging 39%
dark 39%
tense 35%
reflective 25%
emotional 21%
funny 17%
inspiring 17%
sad 10%
informative 7%
lighthearted 3%
relaxing 3%


medium 51%
fast 44%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 50% | Character: 33% | A mix: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 53% | It's complicated: 34% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 46% | It's complicated: 42% | No: 7% | N/A: 3%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 16%

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