Audiobook, Black Author, Books, Disabled Author, Fiction, Novella, Sci-Fi

Remote Control is a literary sci-fi novella with folklore and horror elements by Nnedi Okorafor

Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars (4.5 rounded up to a 5)

Remote Control is a literary sci-fi novella with folklore and horror elements by Nnedi Okorafor. The eBook version is 160 pages. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at a little over four hours and is narrated by Adjoa Andoh. The narrator does a phenomenal job and I highly recommend listening to this book.

Set in Ghana, we follow a girl named Sankofa and her fox companion as she searches for a mysterious seed that gave her a “gift.” She is known as the adopted daughter of death because she has the potential to cause huge destruction, to kill with a touch. After starting in medias res, we go back to the beginning and hear her whole story.

This is a very short book, but it packs a huge punch. The worldbuilding is great, and the prose is beautiful.

Tropes in this book include: Afrofuturism

CW: death, body horror, bugs (flies), animal death, violence

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