Title: Zahrah the Windseeker
Author: Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Genre: Young adult, fiction, fantasy
Yay or Nay: A big Yay!
Movie adaptation: No, but someone should start that project, stat.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5. It checks almost every box a glorious book needs to.
Synopsis: Zahrah is 'Dada'. She's different. In more ways than one. Zahrah has vines flowing through her hair. And though she'd rather not be at the centre of attention, her hair has a different agenda. In a society where almost everything comes with an attached stigma, especially the Forbidden Greeny Jungle, Zahrah strives to blend in. But when the very thing that sets her apart pushes her on a road she wouldn't have dared travel, she has no option but to keep walking, despite the obstacles. And what she discovers is extra-ordinary...
Review: I didn't expect to really like this book when I first started it. But, oh, boy, this book had everything a good novel could possibly need. It was STUNNING. It was peppered with surprising moments and Nnedi Okorafor's writing style did wonders. Great plot + great writing style? It's a TREASURE. It was marvellous reading about all the wondrous little creatures of Okorafor's mind and laughing and frowning at their actions. It was even more marvellous to go through the same emotions Zahrah experienced and read about decisions and reactions. And then make decisions myself. One of them being, 'I will forever try to stay far, FAR away from situations like this'. But, oh, there are so many more hidden gems in this book. And I shall proceed to go over each one.
To make things easier, (for you and me. I'm a jumble of words. A mess.) here's every time this book made me gasp, jump or yell, in a summary.
The nail biting factor typical fantasy books usually use was definitely there, but wasn't as strong as it would've been in fantasy novels. However, I admit I found it to be a refreshing change. I stress over books A LOT. So much it's probably not at all healthy. So, the fact that I didn't, yet got enough suspense to satiate my little bookish gremlin was PERFECT.
An adventurous and delightful read.