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“Never Let Me Go” is an intriguing must-read

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The titillating novel “Never Let Me Go”, by veteran author Kazuo Ishiguro, was a 2005 dystopian novel. The novel opens with the British character Kathy, who talks of a world divided by carers, donors and the ‘normals’. Kathy grew up at a school named Hailsham, a fictional school based in England.

In this school, the children aren’t allowed to participate in any potential threatening activities and are on strict diets. It also often highlighted that these students will never be able to reproduce.

Other than the importance and highlight of the students’ health, the school is very adamant of the children’s ability to produce art. As the children grow older, more secrets of what their duty in life is revealed.

Ishiguro is skilled in not only storytelling, but in the way he portrays dialogue. While this story is set in the future, and the occurrences in the novel aren’t meant to be relatable, the characters’ dialogue grasps the reader’s attention and makes them want to relate to the story.

There is an obvious reason Ishiguro is considered one of the best contemporary authors and it is extremely evident in this novel. Through the course of reading it, it was quite hard to put down and I found myself worrying about what was coming next.

Each twist and turn were executed with extreme mastery and were sharp with their delivery. Usually, while reading, I can pick out plot devices that hint at a certain plot twist but with this novel it continually left me surprised.

I would highly recommend “Never Let Me Go” and really any other works by Ishiguro. While there were times where I was a bit confused, overall it was a very enjoyable read and would give this book 9/10.

18agonzalez@usd489.com

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