Book Review: Remote Control

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
Published by on January 19th 2021
Genres: Scifi, Africanfuturism, Novella
Pages: 156
Format: Ebook

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Everything starts with a meteor shower. A young girl sees something that falls from the stars and what she finds, or what is given to her, comes with great power and a great price. Now wandering with only a small red fox by her side, Sankofa is looking for what was taken from her. As she walks from town to town word by month spreads out even faster and soon Sankofa is wrapped in mythology and legend.

“People whisper things like, “She’s the adopted child of the Angel of Death. Beware of her. Mind her. Death guards her like one of its own.” Three was truth in every single one of the stories.”

An absolutely engrossing coming of age story with Sankofa looking for purpose and trying to find a sense of self. Amazing character and plot development, but also an exploration of grief, isolation, and trauma. This is a book that is mysterious and vivid and gripping and is so very hard to put down. I truly hope we get more of Sankofa in future books.

About the book

The day Fatima forgot her name, Death paid a visit. From hereon in she would be known as Sankofa­­–a name that meant nothing to anyone but her, the only tie to her family and her past.

Her touch is death, and with a glance a town can fall. And she walks–alone, except for her fox companion–searching for the object that came from the sky and gave itself to her when the meteors fell and when she was yet unchanged; searching for answers.

But is there a greater purpose for Sankofa, now that Death is her constant companion?

Content Warnings:

Graphic: Blood, Car accident, Child abuse, Death, Death of parent, Death of a sibling, Gore, Grief, Murder, Physical abuse, Violence, Animal death, and Panic attacks/disorders
Moderate: Animal cruelty, Gun violence, Sexism, and Self harm
Minor: Cancer, Terminal illness, and Mention of the covid pandemic.

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