" Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro It started off great, but never got as interesting as it felt it should. There were lots of interesting hints of topics it might explore, but they stayed around the edges as if only superficial window dressing. This novel had the possibility to as deep as Never Let Me Go but turned out to be a pale imitation.
The main character of this book is an AF, artificial friend. Now, why do children need these? That is only hinted at. This AF learns about the world by looking out the window and eventually ends up with a family to be the companion of a little girl. There are two sorts of children - lifted and not, and we don’t find out much about it at all. Why? How? There is very little world-building here. I think this novel could’ve been so much better if we understood a bit more about the world these AF’s are a part of. There was also the part about ‘communities’ for adults, which are somehow different than having a job? That was also never explained as well.
Now, I am not a fan of this author, nor an enemy, but have had trouble understanding the praise heaped upon him. I’m glad the fanboys haven’t piled into the ratings on Goodreads. This novel is a comfortable 3 star novel. It was interesting, light, perfect for the beach. It stays in your thoughts for a few days, but then fades. Most of all I keep thinking, this novel could’ve been so much more. It just didn’t do it for me.
Rating: ★★ Book #68 in my #ReadingChallenge2021 #KazuoIshiguro #SciFi #future #ScienceFiction #Fiction",