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    • Octavia E. Butler
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'A book that shifted my life... Epic, game-changing, moving and brilliant' VIOLA DAVIS on Wild Seed

'In the ongoing contest over which dystopian classic is most applicable to our time... for sheer peculiar prescience, Butler's novel may be unmatched' NEW YORKER


The Patternmaster is all powerful. His every thought can control, heal or destroy.

The only threat to his command are the Clayarks, a society of people born out of terrible disease, who now live enslaved by the ruling Patternists or in the wild.

Coransee, son of the Patternmaster, wants the throne and will stop at nothing to succeed his father, even if it means killing every one of his siblings.

But when one brother - his rival and his equal - takes refuge amongst the Clayarks, a war ensues that will change the world forever.
  • Published: Jan 21 2021
  • Pages: 208
  • 196 x 126mm
  • ISBN: 9781472281043

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Press Reviews

  • Junot Diaz

    One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had
  • Guardian
    Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision
  • New York Times
    [Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human
  • The Pool
    No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly
  • Harlan Ellison
    Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again
  • Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
    One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art
  • BBC
    [A] must-read novel
  • Refinery 29
    Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start
  • Tor
    The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good
  • Kirkus
    A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun
  • Los Angeles Times
    One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity
  • Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
    If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be
  • Village Voice
    Butler's books are exceptional
  • Cory Doctorow

    Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly
  • Independent
    A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story
  • Starburst
    Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages