Review: Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kindred Spirits is a stand-alone novella, written by Rainbow Rowell especially for World Book Day 2016. Kindred Spirits follows Elena, a huge Star Wars fan who dedicates an entire week to camping out waiting for the new movie, The Force Awakens. Expecting a crowd of hundreds, she’s disappointed to find a line of… three. Life in the cinema line isn’t as glamorous as she was expecting…

The cover is very similar to the cover of Fangirl and Carry On, and so initially I was expecting this book to be linked to those two books (which are linked themselves). Kindred Spirits is a completely stand-alone novella – so no need to read any of Rainbow’s other books to understand what’s going on.

My main issue with this book is that it will age very quickly. TFA came out 3 months ago, and this book already feels a little late. What I liked about Fangirl was that Rainbow took the Harry Potter phenomenon and made it her own, transforming that into Baz and Simon – it would have been fun to see that happen here too.

A short novella perfect for fans of Rainbow’s other works, but perhaps not the best introduction for new readers.
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