Sunday, January 12, 2014

Never Let Me Go: 5 Stars

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

You know at the beginning that there is something unusual with Kathy and the donors she cares for. It doesn't take long for you to realize that their entire purpose is to donate organs to others.  They are copies, clones. Raised as children in different schools, life was almost normal for them, minus the fact that they would never grow old. 

Ishiguro explores a world with a character who lives a life she knows will end shortly. Kathy and her best friend, Ruth, grow up in the typical way.  They gossip and tease boys and even start dating. But all of this is done with an air of unimportance. What do you do when you know you can never grow up to become anything? What if you fall in love?  Does it matter?

I am not a fan of the dystopian type books that seem to be all the craze. They are all so sad and depressing. But I found this book very interesting. The author focused more on the emotions of the characters and how they dealt with their lives.  He started out with them as children, and then moved into them as teenagers, and finally ended with them as adults.

You know it can never end happy. But its how the author conveyed their acceptance of this that made this book a must read for me.

Rating: PG-13

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