Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Sci Fi
Dana is a 26-year-old African American woman. It’s 1976 and she lives in California with her husband, Kevin. On her birthday, she is suddenly and inexplicably thrown through time to antebellum Maryland. She saves a young drowning boy named Rufus. She’s about to get shot when she is again thrown back through time to 1976, where she struggles to come to grips with what she has just experienced. Over time, Dana experiences time travelling more and more, before she realizes that the little boy she saved is in fact her great-grandfather.
I have never read a book like this. Apparently it’s the first “Science Fiction” book written by a black woman, which is really neat. For that reason alone, it’s worth the read. It kept my attention the entire time and I had no idea what was going to happen in the end. It was really unpredictable to me, although I will be honest that my saying that isn’t saying much.
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The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical
Juliet is the 16-year-old daughter of the very famous, very scandalous Dr. Moreau who fled the country after his controversial experiments became known to the public. Juliet’s mother dies soon after, leaving Juliet (for all intents and purposes) an orphan. Juliet is ashamed of her family’s dark secrets and keeps her past quiet while she establishes a life for herself as a maid. She is beautiful and early on, meets up with one of her childhood friends, Montgomery. At their very first meeting, Juliet can barely contain her physical attraction for Montgomery. Even though she’s angry with him and doesn’t trust him, she wants to touch his hand and her heart skips a beat when he is near. (Cue an early eye roll from me.)
Montgomery informs her that her father is in fact alive and still performing his (ghoulish) experiments on an island. Juliet decides to go. And there’s bloody stuff. And a love triangle. And more bloody stuff.
Here’s the thing… I loved the idea of this book: depravity in the name of science, the macabre atmosphere, and the feisty teenage girl who must deal with the aftermath of her father’s insane choices. It’s even a retelling of The Island of Dr. Moreau and I love retellings.
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I read so many good books this year. Probably more than any year before.
While I have plenty of negative thoughts about some books I read, we’ll stick to the positive. Because ain’t nobody got time for negativity, right? (Just kidding. I totally do. But I’ll just tell you about the books I loved this year.)
The Martian by Andy Weir
Mark Watney is an astronaut who is mistakenly left on Mars when his crew believes him dead. He keeps a level head, executes some complicated science-y stuff, and tries to make the best of his very scary and lonely situation.
I had a complicated relationship with this book.
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