Originally posted on 01 Jun 2024

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After reading Son of the Storm I said I’d give Okungowa’s first novel a try. Turns out, it’s a novella, not a novel, and it only took me a couple of evenings to finish it.

This one shares nothing in common with Son of the Storm. That one is a fantasy, where this is a post-climate-apocalypse sci-fi.

Between the two, I much preferred this one. Still, it felt like it would be better expanded to a full novel. Also, the ending was abupt and deeply unsatisfying. I wanted some sort of closure, but Okungbowa intentionally withheld it. I felt a bit betrayed by that. I didn’t have a lot of time to get attached to the characters, but I was at least starting to care what happened to them. To end the story as he did was mean to his readers.