I’d heard about this book but had never managed to sit down and actually read it until this month. While it deals with time-travel, it does so in a similar sense to a book like The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is to say it comes down on the soft side of science fiction.
Not that that’s a bad thing. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife and greatly enjoyed Kindred. The characters were so believable and well-written that I didn’t care that the science was soft. It was all about the story and the people in it, rather than its ability to be possible.
However, I didn’t like the ending. The way things were resolved felt a bit forced and hacked to me, though I still enjoyed the book. It just felt like Ms. Butler dropped the ball on figuring out a decent ending, which is often the case in time-travel stories. What she did not drop the ball on was her detailed look at slavery.
Very well done. 4/5 stars.