Never Let Me Go had me laughing at times and crying at others. It was an extremely touching as well as moving piece. My friend had read this book, so I asked her what is was about. In response, she simply said, “It’s about special kids, who go to a special school, because in the future they do special things.” Well, it’s not the most exciting description, but in a way, it sums up the main idea of the story.
The basic idea of this story is that the children at Hailsham are all created, mostly based off of what they call “trash” such as prostitutes, criminals, and so on. Basically, they are created because as they grow older, they will be harvested for their organs. As twisted and disgusted as that sounds, the book is really moving and quite fascinating. Broken up into three parts, the novel begins at Hailsham, the special school where Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are currently enrolled. Kathy narrates the novel, reflecting on her memories. Following Hailsham was their life at the Cottages. This was where students of Hailsham went once they turned eighteen. From the Cottages they would go on to become Carers for those who were already in the donation process. After their time as Carers, they too, would begin donating. The third part of this novel focuses on Kathy as a Carer, where she runs into both Ruth and Tommy.