Kindred - Octavia Butler


By Octavia Butler

  • Release Date: 1997-07-20
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 205 Ratings)
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  • Description

    Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.


    • Great Read- Emotionally provoking

      By Coofoo5
      This book is definitely in my top 5 favorite books of all time! Such a beautiful love story with many surprising twists. Octavia Butler did a wonderful job!
    • Worth reading

      By I.M.A
      A powerful read, especially for those who like reading stories that take place in the antebellum south. It's one of my favorite books.
    • One of the best books ever!

      By Teemtwo
      I read this book in 24 hours. Once you start, you won't want to put it down.
    • Fantastic and chilling journey.

      By Spookphish
      Although the device is simple and never clearly explained, it serves extremely well given the author's gifted writing style to deliver the reader into a gripping first person account of slavery in the 1820s. Realizing the jarring impact on the reader, she eases one into this alternate world with initially brief introductions, followed by more meaningful and personal interactions with the people of this now distant time. By not overdoing the descriptions of emotion, and avoiding attention to self pity, and focusing on the protagonists effort to preserve her humanity, the narrative becomes increasingly haunting and compelling. Highly recommended for all interested in an empathetic and gripping story that will bring even the most skeptical reader along for a difficult and enjoyable experience.
    • Great book

      By Firesnow575
      Im loving this book we're reading it for 11th grade lit. I thought it would be boring but it intrigues right from the start. We are using a class set so I can't take it with me and we just started reading it last week. Man I wish this was free \m/(•_•)\m/
    • One of the most amazing books

      By Reagenena
      I'm reading this book for my English class and I finished it and two days because it was so interesting so amazing!!!!
    • Kindred

      By ReaderRaja
      This book was AMAZING! I Loved It. It is worth buying. Great Author! Just great. Best book I've ever read.
    • Great Read!!!

      By DMKemp
      This book was mailed to me as a surprise gift and I loved it! Great read!
    • Time travel/historical fiction book at it's best!

      By TheSciFiChickMuses
      I finished my reread of Kindred and I still love it as much as the first time I read it. The main character, Dana, is a black woman who lives in the 1970's and is tethered to her white slave owner ancestor, Rufus. Every time Rufus' life is in danger she is pulled through time to save his life and ensure her own existence. The following lines from Butler's novel perfectly discribes Dana's dilemma through out the book: "[The slaves] seemed to like [Rufus], hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time. . . . I had thought my feelings were complicated because he and I had such a strange relationship. But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships.” Dana's journey to understand the lives of her ancestors, both slave and slave owner, make this book an engaging read.
    • Riveting and phenomenal

      By Hillbill2992!
      This novel kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I read it in a matter of days and found myself ignoring other responsibilities of my life to continue reading. The writing is excellent and Butler did a phenomenal job portraying the emotional and physical pain of the characters to the reader. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I regret that it took over a year for me to get to it. I was hooked within the first 20 pages. The novel begins and gets right to the point. If I have anything negative to say about this novel, it would be that the ending was somewhat anticlimactic in relation to the rest of the novel. Aside from that, I have no complaints. So glad I read this. I would recommend it to anyone who has ever been curious about experiencing life through the shoes of another person, perhaps in another time.