Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go

By Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Release Date: 2005-04-05
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 630 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.


  • Disappointing

    By doug funnie
    Disappointing book after all the rave reviews. “Okay, let me tell you about something. But first, let me tell you about something else so you will understand it.” Get ready for a lot of that. It grates after a while. And the big reveals in the novel are strung out and contrived to get you to keep reading the first half of the book. When they come, they don’t hit as hard as they would’ve if the narrator would’ve straight up told us instead of stringing us along. There are two really touching scenes, Kath dancing with the pillow in part one, and Ruth’s blowup in Norfolk. Otherwise we get a lot of bland personal highs and lows between Kath, Ruth, and Tommy. Kath, the narrator is an extremely spiteful woman towards Ruth all the way to the end, and Tommy’s dumb as a brick. There’s not any good humor for levity, and the writing style is not particularly literary, merely competent. If this is one of the best books of the 21st century, then perhaps I’m too hung up on the great classics of the past. And I’m ok with that.
  • Never let me go

    By what the world do you want me
    Probably one of the worst books I ever started to read. Did not finish, even for book club.
  • Good book

    By jaybruuuuuce4evr
    Good read
  • Prepare to sob!

    By BriB683
    I read this for a class and could not put it down. Definitely worth the read!
  • Kept reading for something more

    By Spartan1010
    The only reason I finished this book was I thought it would get better, more interesting, have an amazing ending... I wish I could get my time and money back.
  • 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 :)