Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.
Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.
This is a strange book, it’s set in dystopian England and follows the life of Cath as she is brought up in Hailsham boarding school. Kath and her friends Ruth and Tommy are mainly taught about Art and Literature, however, barely anything is mentioned about the outside world in which they are headed.
They know snippets about what they are and how they are supposed to be when they leave school but they have no idea the extent their school is involved with it.
This is a really interesting book, I listened to it on audible and the narrator was absolutely incredible in bringing the characters to life.
I found that Never Let me Go was more about emotions and relationships than about the outside world the book was set in. I really enjoyed watching as the friendships grew and developed into adult friendships and how the characters interacted with each other.