Kindred

Octavia E. Butler

fiction fantasy historical science fiction
emotional reflective medium-paced

295 pages | first published 1979

In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he's drowning. She saves his life - and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it's even begun.

Octavia E. Butler's ground-breaking masterpiece is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.

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Moods

dark 74%
tense 66%
emotional 65%
challenging 59%
reflective 35%
adventurous 33%
sad 30%
informative 22%
mysterious 15%
inspiring 5%
hopeful 4%
funny 1%

Pace

medium 59%
fast 35%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 68% | Yes: 22% | No: 8% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 93% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 0% | No: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 11% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

4.37