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Like Thunder by Nnedi Okorafor

Like Thunder


Niger, West Africa, 2077

Welcome back. This second volume is a breathtaking story that sweeps across the sands of the Sahara, flies up to the peaks of the Aïr Mountains, cartwheels into a wild megacity—you get the idea.
I am the Desert Magician; I bring water where there is none.
This book begins with Dikéogu Obidimkpa slowly losing his mind. Yes, that boy who can bring rain just by thinking about it is having some…issues. Years ago, Dikéogu went on an epic journey to save Earth with the shadow speaker girl, Ejii Ubaid, who became his best friend. When it was all over, they went their separate ways, but now he’s learned their quest never really ended at all.
So Dikéogu, more powerful than ever, reunites with Ejii. He records this story as an audiofile, hoping it will help him keep his sanity or at least give him something to leave behind. Smart kid, but it won’t work—or will it?
I can tell you this: it won’t be like before. Our rainmaker and shadow speaker have changed. And after this, nothing will ever be the same again.
As they say, ‘Onye amaro ebe nmili si bido mabaya ama ama onye nyelu ya akwa oji welu ficha aru.’
Or, ‘If you do not remember where the rain started to beat you, you will not remember who gave you the towel with which to dry your body.’

Praise for Like Thunder

An epic collision of new tech and elemental magic—suspensful, immersive, and chillingly relevant. Another stunning feat of imagination from Nnedi Okorafor.

-Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House

Okorafor pulls no punches…An emotional near-future novel that will keep readers turning pages even as their mountain of questions grows larger.


The impressive finale to Nebula Award winner Okorafor’s Desert Magician’s Duology…. Dikéogu’s perspective lends greater depth to Okorafor’s apocalyptic Saharan world.

Publishers Weekly

Like Thunder is an excellent demonstration of [Okorafor’s] gifts as a novelist: it is inventive, fast-paced, and deeply concerned with difficult journeys to self-discovery, as well as the transformative costs of such adventures.

Los Angeles Times Review of Books

Compelling and captivating from the first page…a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful message delivered.

-Marlene Harris, Reading Reality