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Monday, September 24, 2012

Review: Kindred

Kindred
Author:  Octavia L. Butler
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publisher:  Beacon Press
Release Date:  February 1, 2009 (This current edition)
Paperback:  264 pages

Source:  Purchased from EsoWon Bookstore
Buy the Book:  Amazon
 Book 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 stays grow 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.
Review
 As a black girl growing up in the 80's I was so into Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Little House on the Prairie.  I always wondered what it would be like to time travel.  To visit the past as well as the future.  This book is the answer to that question.  I know you are wondering what the black girl mention was all about.  Well, as a black girl going back into history I would still be me and I would be subject to the laws of the land in the era I arrived in.  In this book Dana, 26 year old African American woman travels to the deep south and she doesn't have a gleaming Gone With the Wind experience at all.  
Dana's is transported from the late 1970's to the antebellum South. Her mentality about slavery and the slaves themselves really mirrored my thoughts.  Apart of me, the modern woman that I am never understood why they never revolted.  I mean I always wondered why 20 plus slaves on a plantation didn't rise up against the master and his family.   This book gave it all a new perceptive and let me see it not just through a slaves eyes, but through the eyes of a modern day woman.
I loved how the book starts and grabs your attention with Dana in the hospital missing her arm.  Police are questioning her and giving little details of what they know.  I was hooked because I wanted to find out too!
Every character Dana meets in her journey has a real and solid purpose.  There is not one single thing that is written in this book that could be considered filler.   Kevin, Dana's husband was a well written supporting character.  In the beginning of the book he seems like the average husband and he has no reason for his normal life to change.  He is just background filler.  Without giving anything away his normal life changes and so does he.  Even other people can see the change in him.
I am a little upset at myself for not reading an Octavia Butler book before this.  I will be adding ALL of her books to my TBR list.  And I am even thinking about challenging myself next year to read them all.  Join me!  You won't regret it!
Recommendations
I recommend this book to teens and adults due to some violence. 
Challenges
This book review is apart of the A More Diverse Universe Blog TourGo to the site and visit the other blogs that are participating in the tour. 
This book is number 13 in my POC Reading Challenge
This book is number 42 in my Goodreads Challenge 
 This book is Mocha Girls Read Book of the month

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