Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Dana, a black woman from 1970s California finds herself transported back to the antebellum south where her ancestors were slaves.
Review: Wow, what an amazing and powerful novel. I loved the narrative style of this book, it was easy to comprehend but it got those heavier points across. It had a really nice flow to it. I liked the character of Dana a lot, there were a lot of great qualities to her but I think my favorite thing is how she refused to stop wearing jeans in the past. It cracks me up. Like same dude, I’d want to be comfy if I was stuck in the past. Especially in such a horrible position as she was.
Kevin and Dana’s relationship was so sweet and loving. I really whenever they interacted. I think he was a good foil too because he was still a little clueless just how different things would be for her since he is a white man.
Dana’s relationship with Rufus was probably the most complex, interesting and dynamic part of the novel. They care about each other but Dana has a hard time with her familial feelings towards him and reconciling that he’s a pretty terrible person. She tries her best to shape him into a better person but his entire environment is fighting against that.
The ending was so surprising for me. I think it was a great ending, it really served the novel well, but man I would not have thought that it would have gone that way if you asked me before. But now I don’t think that it could have ended any other way.
This book was super emotional but I really enjoyed it. Probably my favorite time travel novel I’ve ever read (suck it outlander).
Recommendation: This is a really good book but it can be hard at times because of the slavery that it deals with. As long as you can handle some of the brutal things that comes wih slavery.
Challenge Prompt: A book about time travel.