Who Fears Death

3 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 988 ratings

The Book of Phoenix 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.

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  • Book 0

    • The Book of Phoenix

    • By: Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated by: Robin Miles
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 292
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 266
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 269

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Stunningly unique and beautiful story

    • By Anya on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Book of Phoenix

    • By: Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The stunning stand-alone prequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning Who Fears Death by the author of Lagoon. They call her many things - a research project, a test-subject, a specimen. An abomination. But she calls herself Phoenix, an 'accelerated woman' - a genetic experiment grown and raised in Manhattan's famous Tower 7, the only home she has ever known. Although she's only two years old, Phoenix has the body and mind of an adult - and powers beyond imagining.

    Regular price: $20.65

  • Book 1

    • Who Fears Death

    • By: Nnedi Okorafor
    • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
    • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 695
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 611
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 612

    In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A journey.

    • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 11-15-10

    Regular price: $17.49