Kindred By Octavia Butler.

The Diverse Reader Kindred By Octavia Butler Book Review

Title: Kindred

Author: Octavia Butler

Genre: Science Fiction

Published: January 10, 2017

Publisher: Abrams ComicArts

Total Pages: 240 pages

Synopsis: Edana Franklin is an African American woman that gets transported back to a slavery plantation on her 26th birthday. She is sent back to her ancestor’s plantation and has to save her ancestor. This book is telling her story and experiences of traveling back in time to slavery.

The People of color Book-A-Thon book challenge happened in late August which is what lead me to grabbing this book. I was recommended this book from someone and realized that I have never read a science fiction and fantasy book by someone of color before. So, this book was a fresh start for me on a new reading path of different genres. This book is different than what I expected but reading the graphic novel of the original Kindred by Octavia Butler book was an even more unique experience.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy. (I just want to mention that it has adult content in this book especially the graphic novel version. There are explicit illustrations and language included in this book. It is not suitable for young adults or children.)

My favorite line:

“Better to stay alive," I said. "At least while there's a chance to get free." I thought of the sleeping pills in my bag and wondered just how great a hypocrite I was. It was so easy to advise other people to live with their pain.”

My thoughts:

I have not read a graphic novel in about a year and I decided to read the graphic novel of Kindred because of the plot. I felt that by reading Kindred as a graphic novel, the plot and images would make the story even more incredible. Let’s just say that I was right.

Imagine reading a book that shows a black woman being teleported back into slavery at random moments while she is living in the 1970s as a writer. The plot itself is something that draws you in and the execution of the story is so intense that you cannot put it down. Octavia Butler wrote the plot with explicit content without leaving anything to guess about. The entire story was something that I have never encountered and made me want to keep turning through the pages of the book. The first 30 minutes of reading, I had to take a break because of how intense the storyline was. I felt like I was with the main character when she teleported back into 1815 during slavery. The graphic novel was able to give such a raw and explicit experience of what it would be like if I was living during slavery time.

The characters were well developed and of course, I had characters that I did not like because of their personalities. But, the main character Edana, showed strength and constant integrity throughout the plot. The characters showed how slavery would have been if I were living during that time as well because of their mindset, language and ideology. The illustrations supported the plot and made the experiences of the main character more vivid. Not only were you reading an conveying story but seeing the intenseness of the story through illustrations made the story more alive. Overall, the story was unique and left me wanting more of the story when the book ended. I ended up purchasing this novel because I think it is something that I want to read in the future — that is how much this story impacted me. Octavia Butler created a story for future generations to learn from with Kindred.

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