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Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler

101 reviews

emilyspex's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I couldn't put this book down; it's the best book I've read this year. Absolutely chilling and compelling.

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5aru's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

See how easily slaves are made?

I am embarrassed it took me this long to get to reading Kindred, but I finally have; I finished it yesterday in the middle of a plane trip, and my eyes kept tearing up in the most embarrassing, not-quite-crying manner. I felt like I knew how it would end - like I knew Rufus would always want more than Dana could give, that the empathy of an ante-bellum South man (child, really) could only bend so far - but it surprised me how much I didn't want that to happen. The fact that Butler had me unconsciously cheering for a literal slaver's redemption arc gave me the chills.

I was definitely expecting something else in terms of writing style; it surprised me how straightforward and to the point Butler was, in ways that sometimes reminded me of Hemingway's deceptively simple words and phrasings. But there is no denying how effective it is, how poignantly it conveys the moral complexity of the relationships it builds. Certainly not the last of Butler I'll read.

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summerb's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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ladylostinthelibrary's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.75

Octavia Butler can do no wrong. I'll die on this hill

This was a quick, but tense read. 
Uncontrollable time travel, slavery, family? 

Every time I thought I knew where the story was going, Butler said "ha" and flipped one on me. 

I can see why Kindred is one of her most popular books 

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claudiamacpherson's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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monia_beza's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional informative reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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astronut's review

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challenging dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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rebeccainspace's review

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No

3.0

I read this for a book club, and don't think I would have been able to finish it otherwise. It's a lot to take in emotionally, although I do think I'm better for having read it. I found it very plot driven while also showing how a child can grow into a monster. While the time travel is technically science fiction, it feels more like magically realism. 

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smrj's review

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challenging dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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chicowriter's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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