The Book of Phoenix
The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi’s powerful, memorable, superhuman women.
Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman”—only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.
Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
But Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.
“The” Arthur C. Clarke Award, finalist
John W. Campbell Memorial Award, finalist
Sputnik Award, finalist
–The New York Times
-Gary Wolfe, The Chicago Tribune
-Barnes & Noble SciFi and Fantasy Blog
–Library Journal (*Starred Review*)
-Nigerian author Chris Abani – The Secret History of Las Vegas and GraceLand.
–SFX Magazine (UK)
–The San Fransisco Chronicle
-The LA Review of Books
“Although it is a prequel to 2010’s Who Fears Death, The Book of Phoenix stands perfectly well on its own. While the grim logic of the plot makes it very clear early on how the plot must play out, the process is as entrancing as watching an avalanche sweep toward you, and Okorafor’s prose is, as ever, enthralling. “
-RT Books Reviews
“Even more amazing than the other two Nnedi Okorafor books I’ve read. A 6-star novel, if there is such a thing. Here is yet another sympathetic, multi-layered heroine at the helm of a hypnotic story. While “The Book of Phoenix” is certainly a pulse-pounding sci-fi novel, it also tackles colonialism and non-consensual medical experimentation and is laced with acute moments of both human innocence and human cruelty. Okorafor continues to be a fearless, original, captivating, and heartfelt writer.”
-a bookseller at Old Firehouse Books in Ft. Collins, CO