The beginning of Never Let Me Go is so serene that you get the feeling of suddenly coming down a huge roller coaster slope when you find out what’s really going on. I remember putting down the book after finishing it and just sitting in silence, thinking about the parallel world in Hailsman.
Dreams and Hopes
“We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.”
The kids in Hailsham live through their short lives in a trance—never understood their meanings or had any control over them. I’m not sure if this is what the author wants us to take away, but this quote really speaks to me about living it up. Kathy and her crew are not allowed to have dreams or hopes, their lives are too short to do so and their purposes were predetermined. In reality, we have the freedom to choose our passion. But our time is still limited. So if you want to do something, or take a risk, just go for it.
“We took away your art because we thought it would reveal your souls. Or to put it more finely, we did it to prove you had souls at all.”
This quote sends chills down my spine. We often struggle with our own identities. Everyone tells you to be yourself, but, especially as a young adult, it’s not that easy to know who you really are. Kathy and her crew are not just in search of “who” they are but “what” they are. Continue reading