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Publisher's Summary

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 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 Okorafor'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 ebooks, 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.
©2015 Nnedi Okorafor (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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By Kimberly Ward on 10-30-16

Wonderful, Fresh, Different

Where does The Book of Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Among the best of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.

What did you like best about this story?

The fresh point of view - not your conquering European grandfather's take on life in the world and the main character is a strong female. Loved that.

What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?

She really knows how to make each character come alive in the mind's eye with tone of voice, accents, etc. Also, there is no clear break from recording to recording as some audiobooks have.

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By Anya on 02-01-16

Stunningly unique and beautiful story

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor took me completely by surprise in the best possible way. I went in really not having any idea what to expect, and what I got was a near future sci-fi wrapped in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi starring a Nigerian anti-heroine who I grew to love in the way only fictional characters can make us love. I also was surprised that my new favorite narrator, Robin Miles, performed this audiobook and (not surprising) she was absolutely perfect. I am now completely hooked on this author and will be promptly diving in to the companion book!

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