Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

You need to remember that. If you’re to have decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you.

Book Rating

5/5

Book Review

If you want to really sit back and think, you should pick up Never Let Me Go. The way it was written was chilling and mysterious. The secrets were divulged slowly, the tension built. It was a tightly woven story with so many themes interlacing between each other. Friendships, trust, childhood, growing up, relationships, society… the social commentary here is truly mind-blowing.

I can’t think of a way to do this review without spoilers, so I will be very careful to disclose only what I knew at the beginning of the book. There was a town where a group of children grew up, with only the supervision of their “guardians”. These children had a very specific duty to society, but they were raised without knowing exactly what that was, although it was inferred.

Despite that duty, childhood ensued, although not quite a “normal” childhood, it had many similarities. They had secrets from one another, cliques, bullies, and mysteries they spun out of their imagination. As they grew older, they learned more about their duty, and more about each other. As readers, we follow three characters closely, get to know them, and learn what happens to them as they go through the process of growing up.

Not only did it have themes of toxic relationships, and doing things because they thought they should, but it had an added layer of mystery, the way it was written truly added to the disturbing reality of this book. And, what is scary, is the social commentary on ethics that really does already exist today, although not quite in this way, similar enough.

I highly suggest this book–it is truly thought-provoking. It makes you think, what have you accepted that is truly unethical? There are things all around us that are truly unethical, yet widely accepted as reality. The walls we, as a society, have built up to the realities of things we have learned to ignore for our own comfort is truly horrifying when you think about it, and this book really puts a crack in the wall of blissful ignorance.

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