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Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

6 reviews

colie923's review against another edition

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emotional mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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ekcd_'s review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5


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leonelle's review against another edition

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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tarynlannister's review against another edition

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It was difficult to get into the style at times. It was told in a very conversational, memoir style, with lots of time skipping and references to things which may or may not have been explained yet. It was a bit jarring that it was so interpersonal relationship/drama focused when it was apparently a kind of light dystopia, and having the details of the messed up world trickled in between stories of young romance and friend schisms and silly school anecdotes was frustrating.

I also just found it rather bleak, so when I started getting bored I decided I would rather read something that was either more entertaining or at least less depressing.

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madarauchiha's review against another edition

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mysterious sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? N/A
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It's very melancholy, not v hard into the scifi / medical aspects, irritatingly monologue prone, quite dreamy. Can get boring.ย 
In a word, this book can be described as staid. Not necessarily in a bad way. It's almost autobiographical. No rating as I didn't connect with the book, but it's well written and would be appreciated by others.

content warnings:
minor emetophobia, NSFW, death, child death, pedophilia, child abuse,ย 

medium eugenics, peer abuse / bullying, sexual content, body horror, gore, medical content, medical abuse,ย 

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theres_claire's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

God, I love this book. Emotional, dark, reflective, character-driven - all good things as far as I'm concerned!ย 

Never Let Me Go follows the unwinding memories of Cathy, focusing on her relationship with Ruth and Tommy, through school, early adulthood and their time as carers and 'donators'.

Minor spoilers ahead!ย 

What I loved:
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    Spoiler I adore science fiction that's very grounded. It's a world that feels so similar to ours, maybe even a bit closer to something we would recognise from the past, but there's one sci-fi element that has changed everything. The sci-fi elements are explored and unveiled so well throughout the book.
  • Thematically, this book explores heavy topics. It asks what exactly makes humanity, what makes someone human, what's equivalent to a soul. What I love most about it is it doesn't force an answer, it never moralises at you, it just gives you the space to explore these characters and through these characters come to a conclusion about their humanity.
  • The characters are fantastic. Cathy's POV voice is clear and specific, but Tommy and Ruth too feel so real. They're intensely flawed people and they regularly hurt each other, they're regularly thoughtless about each other or selfish about each other, but you can feel how much they love each other and how intensely close they are to each other. I found them so compelling and beautifully written.
  • I personally loved the writing style, the way events unfolded slowly and the feeling the prose evoked of being in a classic coming-of-age novel.

What you may not love:
This is a 5-star for me; I loved everything about it, but there's definitely elements I can see being not for everyone!
  • The pacing and structure. This is a slow-moving story and it unfolds mainly as memory. Like real memories, Cathy's point-of-view tends to slip from one thing to another fairly tangentially. She'll be remembering a conversation she had with Tommy in childhood, but then something from a later time in their teenage years will be relevant and she'll go through that and then back to her conversation with Tommy. I loved this style it felt like real memory, but I could see it also being frustrating.
  • Spoiler The ending. This is absolutely a sad ending, and not in a bitter sweet, maybe hopeful sad way. Just unapologetically, hopelessly sad. If you hate a sad ending or have to be in a particular mood for it, leave this one!

I loved everything about this book!

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