10. Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguro

There is no way to meaningfully review this one without spoiling the plot. So read on if you don't mind a big, fat spoiler.

Thirty-one year old Kathy is reminising about her early days in an elite British boarding school.  This school and it's students are special, though, as it is a place where human beings are cloned to provide donor organs for transplants.  Their lives are incredibly sheltered and controlled but they are in effect allowed to live near fully human lives at school.  However they will never get married, have careers, or grow old and die.  They will die in their thirties of organ donations.  Kathy, our narrator, spent the decade after boarding school being a "carer" for those donating their organs.

Interesting philosophical shit.  I liked thinking about it while reading.  The plot is mostly centered around their childhood friendships, education and the mysteries around their existence.  It is an uneventful plot for the most part but it accomplishes enough character development for the reader to experience their humanity while knowing that they are bread only to be donors.

They don't rebel.  They don't seek alternatives to their fate.  A testament to the power of education.

Boring plot.  Interesting ideas on possible future ethics.


OlmanFeelyus said...

Thank you for finally encapsulating in word what was bugging my mind and confirming for me that I don't think I'll read this book. People danced around it (probably because the idea is so cool, they wanted to like it), but you coming right out and saying the plot is boring is a public service!

meezly said...

nicely put, crumbolst.