The kindred

Alechia Dow

Book - 2022

"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 noth...ing until he's dead, which means they'll target Joy, too"--

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Genres
Novels
Romance fiction
Fantasy fiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Inkyard Press [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
389 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781335418616
133541861X
Main Author
Alechia Dow (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Felix and Joy were bonded as Kindred at birth, thanks to a program designed to connect the wealthy and the poor across the planets of the Q system. They share every experience and communicate at will, though they have never met. Felix is a flirtatious, privileged Qadin royal. Joy is the hardworking daughter of a single mother who dreams of writing children's books. Both are at a disadvantage because of their dark skin. Opposites definitely attract, but the two are forbidden to fall in love. On their shared seventeenth birthday, they are framed for a royal assassination attempt, which forces them to flee in Felix's personal spaceship. After an emergency landing on Terra (i.e., Earth), the two are befriended by a talkative, gay Florida teen who introduces them to high school. Joy and Felix's infatuation blossoms into love just as bounty hunters arrive to deliver them to their kingdom's usurper. Humor and sweet romance dominate this charming, if uneven, novel, which touches on issues of colonization, colorism, loss of a parent, and body positivity. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

To quiet social upheaval following a past revolution, the conquering Qadin family conceived of the Monchuri system's Kindred Program, which telepathically links citizens—"one from the upper class, one from the lower"—at birth. Aspiring 17-year-old musician Felix Hamdi is a haughty duke from wealthy world Maru, where his royal Qadin cousins reign. He's linked to music-loving Joy Mirari Abara, hailing from impoverished Hali and born three minutes after Felix. Though it's common for Kindreds to marry, class differences keep Felix and Joy—who have "different kinds of brown" skin—apart, and Joy is by necessity engaged to a wealthy man she doesn't love. But Felix is implicated when the Qadin convoy is shot down over Hali, and Joy caught in the line of fire, forcing both on the run. Instead of the neutral planet they're aiming for, they land on Terra (Earth), upon a Florida island where they seek refuge. Though the combination of galactic intrigue, Earth-bound teenage antics, and frequent flashbacks result in a crowded, unevenly paced story, Dow (The Sound of Stars) capably executes the friends-to-lovers trope, combined with thoughtful explorations of colorism, body shaming, imperialism, and racism. Ages 13–up. Agent: Natalie Lakosil, Irene Goodman Literary. (Jan.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Accused of murdering the royal family, Duke Felix Hamdi goes on the run with Joy, his kindred mind-pairing, and discovers the true strength—and love—of the Kindred bond to expose the truth. 35,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“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.