Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

6335This was on my TBR list. When it was announced that Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize I literally left work, went to the store and bought this book. (Ok, so I waited until after work, but you get the idea.)

I started and finished this book in one day. It’s just shy of 300 pages. I could not put it down. And, luckily I started it on (Canadian) Thanksgiving Monday so I had plenty of time to devote to it.

I did not read anything about this book before reading it, so I had no idea what it was about. It definitely was not what I was expecting.

It’s a dystopian novel – set at some point in the future. It is about 3 friends: Kathy, Tommy and Ruth. They are at this (seemingly) idyllic boarding school. The story follows them, as they grow up and leave the school. But, it’s about way more than that. I don’t want to give anything away by revealing plot points.

At the core, this is a story of friendship and a coming-of-age story. Ishiguro does an excellent job of that. Then he layers on things: jealousy, what it means to be human, how to fit in, being humane. All of these things are woven into the narrative and not smacking you over the head. So the story moves along easily.

I am not a dystopian Sci-Fi fan, so I can’t say from that perspective if you like X book you will like this. It is similar (ish) to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s also kinda sorta like Haruki Murakami (but with less cat allusions, shell-shaped ears and Cutty Sark whiskey).

I can say unequivocally, if you want a well crafted story that will make you think, and that you will not be sorry you invested time in, this is your book. There is a reason he won the Nobel Prize.

I rated it 5/5 on Goodreads.

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