Book Review: Kindred by Octavia E Butler

It’s 1976 and Dana, along with her husband Kevin are moving into their new home, when she is suddenly transported back into 1861…to a plantation owned by her ancestors. During one of her travels, the purpose for her travels is revealed. She must protect Rufus, in order to secure her lineage. Before the third visit, Kevin decided that he is going with her, only to pretend to be her master or owner. Once transformed back into the current day, we are shown the aftereffects on them both.

My favorite character was Dana, because she showed a lot of strength and restraint. She utilized her time on the plantation to uplift her people, who clearly needed her. My least favorite character is definitely Rufus. He was both selfish and cruel, as the years went on. I was very satisfied with his fate.

The series of events that take place in this book, touched on an array of emotions, from shock to anger, and from disgust to humility. Every time I read about days of slavery, I’m angered by the audacity of a fellow human being, yet humbled by all that our ancestors went through in order for us to be here.

This was my first read by Octavia E Butler, and also my first that involved time traveling. I look forward to reading more. Now, I can go watch the series on HULU.

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