Recent Read: Octavia Butler’s Kindred

This was my introduction to Octavia Butler. I’ve heard that she was plagued with the sense of not being able to write positive outlooks of the future. This book is a perfect example of her ability to wind tales of racial poignancy, imaginative speculation and a dark look into a reality that is truer than many of us would like to admit.

It was rough to get through this book due to the unfortunate turn of events but the story needed to be told. It does a great job at highlighting how slavery stole not only people’s lives but their right to reproduce freely. The theft occurred on a biological level. And we can never forget it.