This book is a reflection of Kathy H., the main character. She reflects on her life back in Hailsham, a school for “special children”, with Tommy and Ruth. If a person’s fate is pre-ordained, there’s no future…there’s only looking back.
The greatest strength and beauty of this book (thanks to Ishiguro’s writing style) is it pulls the reader straight into the story without revealing a lot about what Kath, Tommy, Ruth, students from Hailsham are, and together with the narrator (Kathy) being reminiscent of her past life at Hailsham, we eventually find out what the mysteries of the student’s life are and what their lives are for. The questions this book poses are definitely very fascinating that a reader can get lost and engrossed just by pondering about them. At its core, “Never Let Me Go” is a novel that delves surprisingly deeply about our understanding of who we are and giving in to intangible matters in life we can’t possibly control.
|Memory of Water: a novel by Emmi Itäranta
“Global warming has changed the world’s geography and its politics. Wars are waged over water, and China rules Europe, including the Scandinavian Union, which is occupied by the power state of New Qian. In this far north place, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio is learning to become a tea master like her father, a position that holds great responsibility and great secrets. Tea masters alone know the location of hidden water sources, including the natural spring that Noria’s father tends, which once provided water for her whole village” (publisher).
|Alive by Scott Siegler
“As the caterpillar is to the butterfly, the child is to the adult; the latter can not exist unless the former ceases to be. A teenage girl awakens trapped in a coffin, the chrysalis meant to usher in her personal spiritual transformation, but something has gone wrong with this ancient ritual — she doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. Other than her name, Em Savage, she has zero knowledge of her past. Fighting her way free brings little relief — she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified teenage survivors” (publisher).
|The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil
“Twin brothers Yarik and Dima have been inseparable since childhood. Living on their uncle’s farm after the death of their father, the boys once spent their days in collective fields, their nights spellbound by their uncle’s mythic tales. A breathtakingly ambitious novel of love, loss, and light, set amid a spellbinding vision of an alternative Russia as stirring as it is profound” (publisher).