Summary: In Kindred by Tammar Stein, Miriam a freshman in college goes through the ultimate religious adventure of her life as she goes on a mission to endure for what she really believes in. Miriam starts off as a quiet girl who has her own unique religious beliefs that she does not talk much about. She tries to develop her own religion but ends up following paths of different religions like Christianity and so forth, until one night during her spring break in college, Miriam receives a visit from the angel Rafael, who asks her to go on a mission and protect this random girl Tabitha from her school. Unfortunately Miriam fails, and then thinks of quitting school and pursuing multiple jobs.
However, when Miriam fails her first assignment the angel visits her again and asks her to save another human. Caught in these multiple assignments that try her loyalty to religion, and whether she fights for it or not, Kindred goes through one of the most adventurous and enduring adventures of her life. Not only that, but her twin brother Mo also got visits from devils asking him to commit indiscretions. Who’s right and who’s wrong? Who will win the devil or the angel?
Why I picked it up:I picked this book up because this book seemed very unique given that religious fiction is not that common, and I wanted to find out more about what the story would be about after reading the title stating that “good and evil have never been so close.”
Why I kept reading it: I kept reading the novel to find out what would happen to Miriam if she didn’t complete her assigned tasks from the angel, and what would happen between her and her brother.
Who would I give it to next: I would give this book to anyone seeking an entertaining novel that has a new approach because this book is not religious it just uses general religious ideas in fantasy.
Reviewed by Ahmed E.