Monday, 17 January 2011

Book Review: Never Let Me Go

Usually, I prefer to watch a movie first, then read the book if I like the movie. But in the case of Never Let Me Go, I read from the comments in IMDB that it is better to read the book first before watching the movie. One movie-goer even went so far as to say that if you haven't read the book you won't understand what the movie is about as a lot of the details were left out.

Well, I've read the book but haven't got around to watching the movie yet. It's still sitting there in my computer. Never Let Me Go is told from the perspective of Kathy, one of the three protagonists. They were clones though they were not sure if they were modeled from a real person. Their purpose for existing is to be organ donors, though Kathy and her two friends, Ruth and Tommy, yearned for a normal life.

Sounds familiar? Yes, it is along the same lines as the movie "The Island". But unlike "The Island", the clones did not escape.

They didn't have their freedom curbed like the clones in "The Island", but they never made any effort to escape. It made me think and wonder why. I guess perhaps they were afraid to leave the world they know and venture out into the unknown? So many opportunities were lost, and in the end, Kathy was left with questions like what if they had done something before it was too late.

It also makes me think deeply of how sometimes science chooses to ignore the obvious. A clone is also a human being, not a "creature" to be reviled like a spider. He or she has emotions, just like a real human. What right then, do we have for creating a sentient being only to ask him to serve his purpose for existence by donating his organs and when the critical organs were donated, the clone shuts down (the term is referred to as 'complete' in the book) and is only kept alive with the aid of machines until the very last organ has been donated? It sounds pretty inhumane to me. I hope in the real world, science won't get that far.


ManekiNeko said...

I read Kazuo Ishiguro's "When We Were Orphans" a couple of years ago. That book also left many questions lingering in mid-air at the end, but not so many that the reader was left scratching her head and wondering, What just happened? This sounds like another thought-provoking novel. And both of them sound wildly different from yet another of his novels, "The Remains of the Day." What a wide-ranging author he is.

Thanks for the review!

lupie said...

Did you read it on your new kindle ?

Au and Target said...

I like to read the book first if it's written before the film; but for films that are turned into books (Buffy, etc) I don't generally like the books.

Hey, is your Kindle worth it do you think?

And have you checked out my romance Blackmail Bride??? I'm dead curious about feedback about the story and the way it reads on various platforms.

Blackie Bond said...

Lupie, Yes, I read it on my Kindle. ;)

Au & Target, The Kindle is worth every single cent and more! I've written a post on how Blackmail Bride looks on Kindle.

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