Book Review – Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
- Book: Never Let Me Go
- Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
- Genre: Fiction
- Year of Release: 2005
- Read 263-page hardcover edition in December 2015.
This novel centres around three students of Hailsham boarding school in England. We follow Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth as they explore their life in the tranquil yet highly private and enclosed walls of Hailsham. Although the students of the school seem to have an excellent experience, surrounded by caring teachers who focus on teaching art and literature, there is something very mysterious about their experience during and after their school lives. We see the three protagonists slowly uncover just what is going on in the world around them.
This was a fantastic novel from renowned and talented author Kazuo Ishiguro. Like other novels, he takes components of other genres, in this case science fiction, mystery, and even horror to a degree, and combines them into an interesting and complex story.
Ishiguro’s style is lyrical and calming, and his ability to write in such a beautiful tone makes for an enjoyable read. Ishiguro is very talented in plotting out a novel and writing in a style that hooks readers. In this case, because of the storyline, the language is very conversational in nature, and it works very well.
The three main characters are interesting, and Ishiguro does a job exposing their flaws and positive traits, so that we as the reader care about them all in various ways. Then, as they discover and decode the world order around them, we actually care about the discoveries and how it impacts them.
Ishiguro does a nice job of revealing the different pieces of the puzzle throughout the novel, creating a story that utilizes themes that may have been covered before in other fiction, but organizing them and combining them in different ways. The only slight downside to this novel is that at times the discoveries are slightly predictable, but the way they are described so beautifully by the author helps make up for this issue.
Overall, this novel is a thoughtful and melodic piece of literature, and definitely leaves the reader thinking after the conclusion.
Overall: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.