Literature · Novels and Novellas

Kindred by Octavia Butler | Book Review


Kindred is a science fiction book about a modern day black woman (modern as in 70s) who keeps getting sent back and forth between her time and slave times. Each time she has to save the son of a slavemaster named Rufus from life threatening situations he keeps getting in. Every time she returns and as Rufus gets older her experiences become more and more dangerous.

I’ve seen the book classified under science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction or just literature. It doesn’t really have that much of a sci-fi feel, someone who doesn’t like or read that genre could probably enjoy it. I’ve hardly read any science fiction (though I’m thinking of reading more) and still loved it.

 The book is a quick and exciting read but has many deep themes about things like race, women, history and more. Kindred was definitely a great read, I now consider it one of my hall of fame books. I can’t say Dana’s first person voice was anything unique but the story itself and the emotion of it are what makes it great.

Dana’s odd relationship with Rufus is the best part about the book. Their relationship was not romantic or anything but it was intense. It probably would have been interesting if Dana had developed romantic feelings for Rufus but hated him at the same time but I understand why this wasn’t the case.

Also the cover on this edition doesn’t do the book justice at all. 5/5

Note: I posted this review before on my old blogger site called sadiereads, I changed to this one awhile ago.

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