Kathy is a "carer" who has been caring for donors much longer than most. In this book, Kathy tells a touching and intriguing story about growing up in Hailsham, a school run by lenient guardians who promote the children's creativity. Each month a mysterious lady, Madame, chooses the best artistic creations and takes them away to the "gallery." No one quite knows what is done with them or why they are so important. As the children get older, only a few of them begin asking uncomfortable questions and bringing up sensitive issues. The guardians turn their heads and are mostly silent on the subject. One of these children is Kathy's best friend Tommy. Tommy is more curious than the rest of them and he and Kathy spend many years sorting through their thoughts of what is really behind their lives. Kathy's other best friend Ruth would never dream of ruining the perfectly understandable world she has created for herself. Kathy leads us through the interweaving stories of three close friends with much emotion and mystery.
By the author of Remains of the Day and recently made into a movie, this novel includes study guides and may spark intriguing debates about ethics and moral philosophies. A quite different view of this world is portrayed in The Bradbury Report by Steven Polansky. For a more action packed adventure, you may enjoy the movie The Island starring Ewan Mcgregor & Scarlett Johansson.
Recommended by Allison Holbrook