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The Book of Phoenix??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 7Then one evening Saeed witnesses something so terr. We were so colonized we built our own shackles notes the titular heroine of The Book of Phoenix perhaps the angriest SFF novel to broadside the genre since Joanna Russ's The Female Man Whereas in Lagoon Afrofuturist Nnedi Okorafor seemed to kick up her heels and cast a satirical eye on the fraught political relationships between Africa and the west The Book of Phoenix hits America's bloody history of oppression slavery and colonialism with all the incendiary rage it's earned This will make some readers distinctly uncomfortable These will be the readers perhaps most in need of self reflectionA preuel to Okorafor's World Fantasy Award winning Who Fears Death The Book of Phoenix is radically different in tone hewing closely to SFnal motifs in contrast to the other novel's epic mythicism and magical realism Told as an oral history in a brief but electrifying 230 pages it's the story of an accelerated woman who's been genetically engineered in a New York lab ominously named Tower 7 by a institute called LifeGen that's informally known mostly by those it victimizes as Big Eye Phoenix Okore whose physical appearance is that of a normal 40 ish woman despite being only two actual years old has no particular reason at first to dread her existence in a prison facility for similarly modified non human persons like herself But when her lover and fellow speciMen Saeed is killed under dubious circumstances while exploring an off limits part of the lab Phoenix learns that all is not what it seems and engineers an escape with the aid of another inmate Mmuo who can pass through solid matter continued

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The Book of Phoenix Read ñ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone She has a story to tell The Book of Phoenix is a uniue work of magical futurism A preuel to the highly acclaimed World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death it featurIble that he takes his own life Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her uestions Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison and she becomes desperate to escapeBut 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 futur. The Book of Phoenix is a beautifully written tale combining elements of fantasy mythology with very cool science fiction Anansi droids anyone It is a story of love death friendship and a battle for justiceredemption I really enjoyed this one and can see why it has been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award totally deserving

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A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone She has a story to tell The Book of Phoenix is a uniue work of magical futurism A preuel to the highly acclaimed World Fantasy Award winning novel Who Fears Death it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful memorable superhuman womenPhoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York?. The beginning of this appeared in slightly different form in Clarkesworld causing me some confusion as I begin to read it I loved 'Who Fears Death' I very very much liked the short story that forms the beginning of this book I did not like this book I was sorely disappointed by itI've been trying to think of how to articulate exactly why I think that part of it is that the main character is a woman with an 'adult' intelligence but who is chronologically only 2 3 years old All she has known is life as an experimental subject Although she was been allowed extensive reading material which she consumes preternaturally uickly she has been treated with extreme callousness as a slaveThis is 'her' book excepting the framing device so it makes sense that the story is filled with an odd combination of naïveté and conspiracy theory style paranoia However I felt that this spilled out from the characterization of Phoenix and Phoenix's point of view and became a uality of the work itself It also I felt has an odd style one meant to evoke a folktale That's something I usually like but in this case mixed with the near future setting I just felt that it wasn't working for meAnother thing that didn't work for me was the rather simplistic viewpoint taken toward the 'good guys' vs 'bad guys' conflict Interestingly the 'heroine' here although sympathetic sees herself as a villain There's definitely moral ambiguity to the good guys of the book However the bad guys the scientists are just plain flat out evil If I'm being presented with such evil characters I want of an explanation of why they're so evil I want to see their point of view how they see themselves how they justify what they're doing Of course we don't we're in Phoenix's POV and she understandably sees them as 100% evil But again I thought it weakened the story Full disclosure I am a pretty pro science person and I am generally not a fan of the madevil scientist trope so to win me over with it; you've got to be convincing I wasn't convincedI also felt like the events portrayed here weaken the context of 'Who Fears Death'view spoilerIt was strongly implied in that book IIRC that the apocalypse was a nuclear war It's stated here that many people in Phoenix's future believe it was a religious punishment for humanity's sins I just wasn't much for the idea that both of those are incorrect and that the apocalypse was actually caused by a grieving vengeful mutant supervillain angel hide spoiler