From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.
Never let me go by kazuo ishiguro is a science fiction type book, but a tricky one, because it doesn't seem sci fi ish. You start out reading the book, and think it is a normal book, with a woman in the 1990's reminicing about life going to a boarding school in the 70's. I don't know why, but I always like movies and books about boarding schools, even though I never went to one. But as you read on, you learn that there is something more to these children. The reader kind of learns along with the children, who don't fully know who or what they are. It's really creepy that way. It's a horror story in a sneaky sort of way, without the usual monsters or slashing or killers, and yet, with all that stuff in a way as well. I would definitely recommend this book. I can't help but feel like this is something that might come to pass in the future...
I believe this story falls short as a love story and as science fiction story. I am much more interested in the aspect of the donors and the technicalities behind that. I feel the story could have elaborated on the lives of the adult donors and carers more for an intriguing sci-fi story. I also didn't find myself very interested in the love story, I did not feel that Kathy felt very passionately about Tommy and therefore Ruth's betrayal didn't seem that devastating either. I did enjoy the Ruth character though, and enjoyed the antics of the children while going to school. I even rented the movie to see if it sparked more emotion, but it also felt very mediocre. Perhaps it is the polite way the English deal with emotions and eachother, would have just liked a bit more emotional involvement and passion.