Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon • 2020 • Science Fantasy novella by  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Synopsis:  In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the city Ife-Iyoku is protected by a shield against the nuclear fall out. People developed psi mutations, mostly depending on their gender. There are seers, feelers, light weavers etc. who all have to be useful, contribute to the community which has fallen back to a traditional African societal structure. 

Main protagonist Imade is a young woman, a seer who fights back against gender roles which have defined her for all her life. After an enormous stupid decision by the city’s government, all the women are killed, she remains as the last one. 

The city’s elders want Imade to be impregnated, no matter what.

Review: It was difficult for me to read through this text. Classic gender roles, lots of triggers like rape and suicide. Gladly, it is relatively short for a novella, just on the verge to novelette. 

It is really a tale about old order and traditions and the rebellious young ones. 

Highlight for me is Imade as the character opposing those structures, she simply doesn’t want to bend. But that wasn’t enough to really enjoy the tale.

Meta: isfdb. Available online at the author’s website. Nominated for the Nebula Award.

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2 Responses to Ife-Iyoku, the Tale of Imadeyunuagbon • 2020 • Science Fantasy novella by  Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

  1. cathepsut says:

    Sounds like a difficult read.

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