Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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So, a little while ago I finished a novel called Never Let Me Go. There’s so much that can be said about this story that I’m not even sure where to begin.

First of all, I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. I actually saw the film version first and loved it, so I (of course) had to read the book and I was not disappointed.

The story is about a girl name Kathy who is reflecting on her time as a student at a boarding school-type place called Hailsham, and on the direction that her life went after she left school. Hailsham is different from other schools because its students are clones who will grow up and donate their organs when they come of age.

As children, it seems that the clones weren’t fully aware of their fate but did know that they would be making these “donations” as adults. The idea of having these clones that are raised and harvested for their organs is definitely something that was interesting throughout this story. I think that this “idea” is something that has probably been considered in real life, especially with stem cell research and its important to have stories like this to really think about what life would be like for these people if that actually happened.

What really makes this story interesting are the relationships that Kathy has with other clones, especially Tommy and Ruth. Kathy has romantic feelings for Tommy but can’t act on them because her friend Ruth has already made Tommy her boyfriend. Throughout the story, Tommy and Kathy are very obviously attracted to each other and want to be together. However, Ruth interferes with their relationship every chance she can get. When they are older and Ruth has begun making her donations, Kathy begins taking care of her and Ruth reveals to her that she wants Kathy to pursue a relationship with Tommy and that she regrets keeping them apart for so long.

By this time, Tommy has also already begun his donations. Seeing Kathy and Tommy try to stop or delay the process of donations for themselves so that they can be happy for just a few more years is really heartbreaking. You want to root for them so badly, but it seems that nothing can go right for the couple.

This story is really so, so good. I could definitely go on for awhile talking about every thing that I loved about this book, but really I don’t want to spoil it all because I think people should read it for themselves.

I would love to hear from others who have read this book and to find someone to discuss it with further because there really is SO much to talk about. Leave me a comment! And thanks for reading!

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