Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Pages: 288 pages
Publication: Vintage Books
Plot: 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.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes I get so immersed in my own company, if I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s a bit of a shock and takes me a while to adjust.”
The protagonist Kathy, age 31 was a student of boarding school Hailsham, a school for special kids. All the kids in this school have a similar destiny already set for them. (I don’t want to reveal the plot twist; hence this is all I am going to say) Ruth and Tommy are Kathy’s confidants. The book revolves around their friendships, dreams, love, different phases of life, etc. The plot is very unique yet connectable. (I am finding it very difficult to not spill out any beans)
The writing style is very creative and interactive. It seems like the protagonist is talking to the reader throughout the book. At certain point the protagonist goes into an elaborate description of things, which is interesting at first but gets mundane later.
I had a lot of questions and alternate measures that people like Kathy could opt for towards the end. They could have rebelled, made their own destiny and not accepted what had already been planned for them. I wish there was some explanation offered by the author.
To sum it up, the book plot is one of a kind with great a narrating style.