Kindred ~ Octavia Butler


Rating: 5/5

Having read Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, I was looking forward to my next Butler read. I was not disappointed. In fact, Kindred impressed me with such a different style and feel compared to the duology I had previously read.

Hopping back and forth through time, this science fiction novel continued to call into question what it means to be a citizen and how people treat people throughout the ages. Dana, our protagonist, is 26 and married to a white man the first time she is sent back to a plantation, where she finds a young boy drowning. Her journey commences, and her time travelling does not stop there. At times this book was difficult to read as there were sections that continued to feel the same from one scene to the next, creating a predictable feeling that made me struggle to move through the plot. Aside from these few dragging moments, I found it a fascinating read that brought up how personal values cause us to relate to unexpected situations and people.

I found it amazing that Butler’s writing continues to feel timely despite having been written nearly 50 years ago. I love her writing and can’t wait to read more from her collection.

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