232pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2015) 2016
Prequel to the fantasy novel Who Fears Death.
Phoenix is an 'accelerated woman' - a genetic experiment grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. Although she is only two years old, she has the body and mind of an adult, and extraordinary powers.
“Okorafor triumphs over the perils of the prequel by making the inevitable feel newly dreadful. Blending poetic passages with sharp observation and the occasional cadence of a story told by firelight, The Book of Phoenix is an assured introduction not just to her world's myths, but to the process of mythmaking.” The New York Times
Nnedi Okorafor was born in the USA to Nigerian immigrant parents. Her novels include Lagoon, Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature), and the Binti series. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.