Kindred – Octavia E Butler – Review

I read this in June, 2016 apart of this reading group.

Score: 4/5

Summary: Dana’s house where she lives is in the 1970s California somehow transport her to the antebellum South, a plantation in Maryland. She ‘befriends’ a young white — she saved him from drowning  — she learns that he needs to live because he’s the father of her great-grandmother. Problem? He’s a slaveholder son.

There is also a graphic novel of this book adapted by Damian Duffy & John Jennings

This story takes you on an emotional roller coaster. You’re fearful for her as she’s risking her self to enter the plantation. She lives on the plantation for years and it’s usually only hours or a few days in her actual life. If I am remembering things correctly.

All through it I know it’s her mission and the story is going to play out either way. But I spent a lot of mental energy, “Just…go home. don’t’ come back.”

This was my first Octavia E Butler story and hopefully won’t be my last.


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