• Reading Levels 3 - 5

Never Let Me Go

At first, Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel Never Let Me Go seems like a novel about a woman remembering her childhood. But as narrator Kathy pieces together the memories of her past, a disturbing reality begins to emerge: she and her school friends were not like other children. They were clones, separated from the outside world and destined to donate their organs to cure the diseases of others until they “complete” — a sinister euphemism for dying. As an adult, Kathy faces the tragedy of her life with a matter-of-fact bravery. Ishiguro’s strange alternative reality is all the more unsettling for how utterly possible it feels.

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