Kindred - Octavia E. Butler


By Octavia E. Butler

  • Release Date: 1997-07-20
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 379 Ratings


The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

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.


  • Page turner

    By Anonymousree
    It was a little difficult for me to follow at first, but when I got into it, I got INTO it. I stayed up when I knew I was tired JUST to finish the chapter.
  • Kindno

    By Cousin Nickey
    I don't like this book it is a bad
  • Great book

    By Tae Mill
    I had to read this book for a class and loved it!!! This would make an awesome movie!
  • 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.