Written by:
Nnedi Okorafor
Narrated by:
Délé Ogundiran

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2021
7 hours 11 minutes
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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This book is exciting and provided a much needed glimpse into the possibilities that exist within the African continent. The cultures, identities, and experiences of various groups within the various countries on the continent were made manifest and I loved it. It many ways the book reminded me of Star Wars but based in Africa. Again two thumbs up.

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