A meticulously crafted, gorgeous, distressing, thought provoking story that reveals its true nature drop by drop. Ishiguro is known for genre bending, and this book is no exception. It's part dystopian fantasy,Young Adult novel, traditional English school novel, and romance, but it doesn't fully inhabit any genre. Orphan Kathy H grew up in Hailsham boarding school where she was given a rich education, but taught nothing of the world outside the school walls. With her friends Tommy and Ruth, she learns the truth about their strange shared fate, and the cold truths about the world past Hailsham. A biting commentary about the evils of society's treatment of it's outliers. Gothic and romanic, yet at the same time clinical and methodical, this unique story and its characters stick with you long after you put down the book.