ARC Review: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Happy Tuesday and happy release day to The Kindred (and so many other books- seriously, this year looks so amazing book wise)! Thank you so much to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this one- I was really excited about it based on the summary, but this just wasn’t the book for me (unfortunately) BUT keep reading to see why, because the reasons I wasn’t the biggest fan of it could be the reasons you love it. I definitely think that there are a lot of people who are going to love The Kindred, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan, I still recommend reading it!

The Kindred 3/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

“Utterly swoony…an endearing reminder that true love can change the world”
—J. Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony

To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor…

Joy Abara knows her place. A commoner from the lowly planet Hali, she lives a simple life—apart from the notoriety that being Kindred to the nobility’s most infamous playboy brings.

Duke Felix Hamdi has a plan. He will exasperate his noble family to the point that they agree to let him choose his own future and finally meet his Kindred face-to-face.

Then the royal family is assassinated, putting Felix next in line for the throne…and accused of the murders. Someone will stop at nothing until he’s dead, which means they’ll target Joy, too. Meeting in person for the first time as they steal a spacecraft and flee amid chaos might not be ideal…and neither is crash-landing on the strange backward planet called Earth. But hiding might just be the perfect way to discover the true strength of the Kindred bond and expose a scandal—and a love—that may decide the future of a galaxy.

I thought that this book started really strong and I thought that the ending was pretty strong too (in terms of a space travel/outer space sci-fi book) but in the middle, I felt as though this book transformed into a YA contemporary about finding love through friendship and normal people and while all of that is fine and great, I wanted the space and the battles, and that’s the only reason this book wasn’t my favorite. I also felt as though I was a little lost about the politics/who was who/who was at war with who/the background of the whole space multiverse- I know that Alechia Dow has written another book set in this multiverse, so maybe I would have understood things better if I had read that one first- so that could definitely be on me. In terms of good things about this book, like I said earlier, the actual space parts of this book were amazing. I liked the other galaxies and the complexities of the planets and the ruling system (and if I understood them better, I’m sure I’d like them even more). I loved the technology and I loved the idea of Kindreds. I also liked the characters- Felix was hilarious and so loyal, Joy loved so fiercely, and I really liked all of the friends they made on Earth. I also liked the twists about Felix’s parentage- I didn’t see those coming at all. All in all, while this wasn’t the book for me, there were so many great things about it that I do think you should read it and make your decision yourself- especially if you’re not always into sci-fi- this is a great lighter sci-fi for people who kind of want to experience sci-fi but don’t want to dive right in. If you guys end up reading The Kindred, let me know what you think of it!

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