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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Novel Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go presents a dystopian science fiction novel written by the British Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and features a love triangle between Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth. They are genetically engineered and brought up to become organ donors.

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Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction/ Fantastical/ Science Fiction

Pages: 288

Goodreads Rating:  3.81/5

My Rating: 7 out of 10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel Never Let Me Go

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The story starts with Kathy who claims to look after the organ donors. She always recollects the memories of her school life where she befriended Tommy and Ruth. All of them are students in the boarding school called ‘’Hailsham’’ where teachers formed part of a group called the ‘’Guardians’’.

The school comprises a strict environment and the children receive teachings to live healthily. The school expect them to compulsory work in a vegetable garden and all smoking practices are banned at school. Students participate in art and the best individual receives a chance to display their work at an exhibition.

Tommy experienced an injury after being bullied by children from the school. Kathy falls in love with Tommy who displays affection for Ruth. Also, the students apprehend their sudden isolation. The young people realised they are clones waiting to donate their organs and die young.

Students who displayed real love for each other received referral opportunities. The moment characters described in the book turn sixteen, all three of them receive an opportunity to relocate to the cottages.

Ruth and Tommy continue to stay committed to each other while Kathy forms sexual relationships with other men who live in the same house. Two of Ruth’s housemates tell her that they noticed a lady resembling her looks and the women used as her clone. They all decided to leave the house and find the women who resemble Ruth. Unfortunately, they realised the resemblances seem fake. This presents the essence of the story.

Final Say on the Dystopian Novel Never Let Me Go

The novel presents a gripping storyline and definitely worth reading. The author presents a difficult book characterisation but I still appreciated the essence of the story. It appears to focus more on ordinary human life and emotions without explaining the cloning concept. It presents a sad ending and makes us realise the complexity of life. I decided to rate the novel 7 out of 10.

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