Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book did not fit any of my challenge prompts.


In one of the most acclaimed and original novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkle skewered version of contemporary England.

Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world.

A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

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What I liked:

This is one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in such a long time. I’ve never read a lot of books in this genre, and it was a really good way to start out.

I went into this book completely blind, and I really think it was the best way to read it. I recommend knowing little or none of the plot before you start reading this book. It really benefits you and does impact how much you’ll enjoy it.

What I didn’t like:

I found this book really hard to get into, and almost DNF’d it on several occasions. I was spurred on to keep reading by some online reviews. It’s something to keep in mind if you pick it up yourself.

I wasn’t at all a fan of Ruth throughout the book, and it did detract from how much I liked this book.

Out of five:

Four. A really slow start, but a powerful book overall.

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