Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go

By Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Release Date: 2005-04-05
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 178 Ratings


From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.


  • Another great Ishiguro Noveel

    By archetype67
    Ishiguro's a master of subtle and understated prose, has another excellent novel in Never Let Me Go. The narrator, Kathy tells the story of her friendship with Ruth and Tommy, from their earliest days at their private boarding school, to adulthood, through its ups and downs, until only Kathy is left. While many know what makes these characters special when the novel begins, even those who don't have some prior knowledge should figure it out with little difficulty, early on. While never stating things explicitly, the clues are in plain sight. What is the true focus and brilliance of Ishiguro's novel isn't the what, but rather, the how these three have been raised to this purpose, and what they eventually find out about what makes the special. That revelation has far more impact on the audience than it does the characters. That reveal takes what is disturbing and makes the alternative, or rather, the more common practice horrifying. The characters are well drawn and Kathy's narrative draws us in, paints a detailed picture of their world, connecting to us, yet it is also an unfathomable existence. Strangely, I empathized with their experience, but at same was frustrated by their unquestioning acceptance, despite understanding their upbringing's goal was precisely that. Ishiguro's work is always thought provoking, always based in the complex emotional inter-personal relationships and the individual's relationship to their status in the world. Never Let Me Go adds the layer of a possible ethic quandary that our innovations of science may present sooner than we'd like.
  • Don't buy the hype

    By OG Snowflake
    Shallow, zero insight. I felt I was spoon fed every detail. Saw everything coming a mile away. Passionless. Read something else, like....anything.
  • Beautiful and engaging

    By 6thGradeTeacherwholovesEminem
    Couldn't put it own until I finished it! Great story :)
  • Powerful & Haunting

    By ShakyMcNeill
    Beautifully written! My favorite book by this author.
  • Good way to make you sad.

    By Jazzmihnnly
    I swear, the very last scene sticks with you for days. Just wow. One of my all time favorites. Very tragic and poignant, but still worth it nonetheless. Loved it overall :)
  • Beautiful

    By Dxc381
    It very subtly and beautifully tapped I to my greatest fears. Mose than once I found myself in tears.
  • Worthwhile Read

    By Sooryun
    After seeing the movie, I felt compelled to read the book, hoping it had greater dialogue and insight than the movie. The movie was wonderful though I did not like the older Tommy's character and I dislike voiceover. The book, though slightly disappointing, was well worth the money spent. I had only wished more of the book was written as well as the final chapter - imagistic and lovely. Looking forward to exploring more titles by the same author however.
  • Wonderful.

    By Chrisslynn
    Never Let Me Go is so relatable, despite its sci-fi undertones. I say undertones because of its subtlety in weaving in the sci-fi story. I love sci-fi but even if you don't, you'll love this novel because it'll remind you of growing up, feelings of being an adolescent and the desire to be accepted and the flaming knot in your stomach when you are not. With all the craziness that goes on in life these days, it's almost nostalgic being transported back to a time when who you sat next to at lunch time was the biggest worry in the world. Ah, simple times. Wonderful novel!