As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
Loved the book, I had no idea what to expect and it completely surprised me. It’s unlike any other sci-fi I’ve read because it’s not really focused on sci-fi elements, so it’s easy to forget it’s a sci-fi book. It’s very nostalgic, it made me feel like I was reading something that happened to me a long time ago. It’s a sign of a very good book when it makes you miss a place that never existed. It was scary too, it’s always scary to read about horrible things that characters take for granted. Sometimes the book seems like a regular ‘a bunch of kids in a private school’ story but then the narrator makes some little comment that makes you remember there’s something dark in this story and soon you’ll find out what it is.
Compared to the book, the movie is more fast-paced, there are minor details changed, but overall it’s a faithful adaptation. It has the same nostalgic feeling, makes you think about innocence and death and how fast time passes. It offers more details about donations, you can see scars on donors which made everything more real and terrifying. The actors did a really good job, but I found the famous faces a little distracting. The child actors were perfect for their roles. I’m not going to rewatch the movie anytime soon, it’s simply too emotional.
I really need something light and fluffy after this.