Never Let Me Go is set in the 1990s in England...however, the England in this book is not quite the England that we are familiar with. There is a whole 'race', for want of a better word, of people who were cloned for the purposes of being donors for the rest of the population. The story is narrated by one of these donors, Kath, as she looks back at her life and the meaning of it.
I was really excited about reading this book - I had visions of Ishiguro taking me to a really strange and surreal world, but one that looks remarkably like the one we live in now. I have heard many people talk about the beauty of Ishiguro's writing and stories, and I was very keen to experience it for myself.
Unfortunately, when I reached the last page I just felt a little bit underwhelmed. The book was definitely enjoyable, but it wasn't anything amazing. I thought the writing was a little bit simple, stunted even, and I didn't ever really care about the characters that much. Although I don't necessarily love sci-fi books, I felt like this one could have done with a bit more sci-fi and a little less 'feelings'. The concept of the donors, and this parallel society is such a great idea, but we never really found out that much about it. I wanted to know more about the process of the donations and how the 'real' people felt about these donors, and less about Kath's sexual exploits.
I know lots of people really love this book, and are excited about the recent film adaptation. For me, I'll be waiting for it come out on DVD and my copy of the book will be donated to Lifeline.