Never Let Me Go Book Review

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Michelle Ann Q. Wong Book Review

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Topic: Never Let Me Go Book Review

Never Let Go

In the book, Kathy presently being thirty-one years old, reminisces on her childhood when she lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside. In Hailsham, the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being and health was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends, Ruth and Tommy, come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.

In her memories are the happy scene of boys and girls growing up together in peaceful and comforting isolation, and it is her memories that help rekindle her friendship with Ruth and have the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy, begin to deepen into love.

But within these happy moments are scenes of discord and misunderstanding that hint at dark secrets behind Hailsham's facade -they are all actually clones, raised and meant to donate their organs to their original counterpart if needed.

One of the astonishing features of the novel is its use of rather smart, educated language utilized to talk about the plot. It somehow shows a limit and control of emotions and actions to the characters, and what we learn, concerning subjects we usually feel passionate about, questions like: What would it be like if we reached the point where humans are capable of playing God? What if science progressed to the point where humans are now capable of doing extraordinary things to our own species in order to prolong life? and the like are asked...