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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nov 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: coping-with-loss, grades-9-and-up, science-fiction, grades-11-12, grade-9, grade-10
Read in November, 2010

A fog envelops this book. Kathy H. looks back upon her life as a clone, bred to be an organ donor for “natural” people. It takes a while to establish the process, and the circumstances are never perfectly clear. It is Kathy’s story after all: it’s hard to imagine a world in which she would fully understand and accept her fate.

This fog holds the story back. Kathy’s thoughts drift over each other, and she doesn’t always trust her memories. She (and by extension, Ishiguro) has a frustrating habit of hinting to some past moment, then veering away, before eventually revealing that the moment wasn't especially important after all.

The clones are fully human, but they have a stunted sense of life’s possibilities. They are encouraged to be sexually active, and sterilized to guarantee their pleasures don’t lead to serious consequences. They are drawn to the sea and long road trips, but their dreams of the future stop at dead-end jobs, or maybe a few deferred years before harvesting begins.

There’s almost no sense of how the world could come to this. It’s a heartbreaking perspective, much more so for the reader than for Kathy herself.

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