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Zahrah the Windseeker

by Nnedi Okorafor

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    AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers by Nnedi Okorafor (goddesspt2)
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    The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor (electronicmemory)
    electronicmemory: Zahrah the Windseeker and The Shadow Speaker occur within the same world-system, and those who have read Zahrah the Windseeker will find that it makes The Shadow Speaker a richer experience. Still, both delightfully stand alone and it is not necessary to have read both to enjoy these excellent coming of age stories.… (more)
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So very charming!! A world where you grow your own computer from a seed, and everyone lives in crazy skyscraper plants, and there is a Forbidden Greeny Jungle and lovely intelligent gorillas and a transparent library grown from a glass plant...I so want there to be a movie of this.
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  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
Apparently good enough to read in one sitting, but not good enough for me to really care why. The alternate-universeness of this is delightful, but gets a little precious by the end, especially all the weird flora and fauna in the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. I'm especially irritated by the talking animals, which strikes me as awkwardly patched on top of the world-building. I love the concept of a world that runs on plants for currency and power, but question why, in that case, the jungle is so foreign; the obvious answer is that scale matters, that domesticated flora is okay but wild is not, but I didn't see that come through in the text.

I'll be interested in seeing what else Okorafor publishes -- this shows promise of imagination, and the last scenes are begging for a sequel. ( )
  cricketbats | Mar 31, 2013 |
On a planet where technology and plants have merged, Zahrah is dada—born with vines in her hair—which is a somewhat disreputable thing to be. Then, at thirteen, she starts to float, and when her best friend convinces her to enter the forbidden forest, she has to save him from mortal danger. It was a wittily designed world, though I was expecting YA based on my own misunderstanding and got something younger than that; I will probably suggest it to my kids in a few years. ( )
  rivkat | Apr 2, 2012 |
This was my second Okorafor book and I actually liked this one even more than Akata Witch. Zahrah is a truly wonderful character and I absolutely love the world that Okarofor has created. This is a true fantasy novel, in every way, and I just want to read and reread it. I love the fact that it's a plant-based society, that it mirrors our own and yet is completely different. I loved the different characters -- especially Zahrah's best friend and the gorillas who Zahrah runs into while in the forest. I cannot wait to read more of Okorafor's work, especially if they're all this good. ( )
  callmecayce | Oct 5, 2011 |
Zahrah the Windseeker is young adult novel by Nnedi Okorafor.

Plot:
Zahrah is dada. Mostly that means that there are flowers growing in her hair and that people look at her weirdly – but dada people are also rumored to have special powers. But nobody is more suprised than Zahrah when that turns out to be true and she starts to fly. With the help of her best friend Dari she starts to explore her abilities in secret – in the Forbidden Jungle. But when Dari is bitten by a snake, it’s up to Zahrah to seek out a elgort egg, the one thing that might save his life.

Zahrah the Windseeker has a nice coming of age story with a sweet message. But it’s really the setting that makes this book special and fascinating. For one thing, it’s set in an African world, which is rare and interesting by itself. But the marriage between nature and technology (there are CPU plants. How awesome is that?) is amazingly perfect.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.wordpress.com/2011/06/04/zahrah-the-windseeker-nnedi-okorafor/ ( )
  kalafudra | Aug 31, 2011 |
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To the late Virginia Hamilton, who showed me that people could fly, and my father and mother, who gave me means to soar
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Green vines growing in hair,
make an outcast of the wise,
that will save her friend. (AgentBookworm)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0547020287, Paperback)

In the Ooni Kingdom, children born dada—with vines growing in their hair—are rumored to have special powers. Zahrah Tsami doesn’t know anything about that. She feels normal. Others think she’s different—they fear her. Only Dari, her best friend, isn’t afraid of her. But then something begins to happen—something that definitely marks Zahrah as different—and the only person she can tell is Dari. He pushes her to investigate, edging them both closer and closer to danger. Until Dari’s life is on the line. Only Zahrah can save him, but to do so she’ll have to face her worst fears alone, including the very thing that makes her different.

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Zahrah, a timid thirteen-year-old girl, undertakes a dangerous quest into the Forbidden Greeny Jungle to seek the antidote for her best friend after he is bitten by a snake, and finds knowledge, courage, and hidden powers along the way.

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