The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Title: The Kindred
Author: Alechia Dow
Genre/s and Tags: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Space, Queer
Goodreads synopsis:

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.

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ID: The Kindred sitting on a wood slice. In the lower left hand corner are white and purple flowers. In the top right is The Sound of Stars. To the left of the ARC is a Book Review candle and two stickers of 8 cats each, the cats are made up of various pride flags. Above the end of the title sits a heart pin that has the asexual flag colors inside it.

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Full Review:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you to the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Dear Alechia Dow, please write more books about aliens including: a book starring Allister, and a sequel to The Sound of the Stars. Please, please, please.

The Kindred is not really related to The Sound of Stars, but does take place in the same multiverse as it, and features several references and at least 1 crossover character. I loved all the references to TSOS so much!! However, let’s talk more about The Kindred. In the galactic Kingdom ruled by the Qadins, everyone is paired with a Kindred a birth, someone who is always with you inside your thoughts. The program aims to give everyone a voice no matter their socioeconomic status.

Joy Abarra knows her place: it’s with her mother until the day she can marry and do her duty to her planet/culture. Joy has one thing most don’t: her Kindred is Duke Felix Hamdi, cousin to the Royal throne. However, the two haven’t met yet, but they hope to soon. Then the Qadin royals are assassinated and Felix becomes next in line…and the one accused of murdering the royals. Felix and Joy must escape the galaxy and find some place to hide so they can figure out what happened and how to prove their innocence.

This book was a fucking ride. I loved it soooo much. Felix is a disaster bi and Joy is my precious ace. Also the mutual pining? Off the charts. I loved exploring the new alien worlds/cultures. I’m really hoping this will shape out to be a big multiverse series, mainly because I need to know what happens after the end of TSOS.

I loved how queernormative this book was. Which I’m not surprised, because I’m pretty certain TSOS was the same. But every new character is introduced with they/them pronouns until they give their pronouns and I loved that so much.

I feel like I have more thoughts about this book, but my brain is just racing around yelling at me about how much it loved all the characters and the world, so I think this is a good place to stop.

Rep: Fat Black demisexual female MC, biracial/Black bisexual male MC, achillean Black male side character, Black nonbinary femme side character, fat Black female side character, queer normative world, lots of aliens too.

CWs: Alcohol consumption, body shaming, fatphobia, gaslighting/manipulation, kidnapping, murder, violence, war, torture.

About the Author:

Alechia Dow is a former librarian and pastry chef living abroad with her partner in Germany. When she’s not writing, you can find her having epic dance parties with her daughter, baking, reading or taking teeny adventures around Europe.

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