- People of color are so rarely represented in science fiction, and Kindred (and all Octavia E. Butler works) is/was a shift towards the positive representation of people of color in science fiction. There has been some debate as to whether Kindred belongs in the realm of fantasy instead of science fiction, but I'll leave that one alone.
- It explores the enduring legacy of slavery and plantation culture.
- It delves deeply into the social construction of race through the protagonist's relationships with those around her.
- It is all about black female empowerment.
- And it is darn good reading.