What is the most interesting development in Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go?What is this story really about? I want something meaningful with substance.

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Ishiguro's novel Never Let Me Go is a futuristic work that explores the ethics of cloning.  In a society that is so developed that it can create human clones to extend the lives of its citizen: What rights should they have? How should they be viewed?  Suppose they are superior to the humans whose lives they were created to prolong?

The novel's main characters are first portrayed in a special school, Hailsham, excluded from the outside world.  They seem to be normal teenagers, but gradually they become aware of their purpose: to serve as human doners.  This growing awareness of their purpose, as seen through the perspective of Kathy, is quite suspenseful.

For me the most interesting development in the story is Kathy and Tommy's visit to Madame at the very end of the novel to seek a "deferral" from their fate.  It is here that they understand the reason behind the art gallery, the history of their experiment, and the fact that they will not be able to avoid their destined roles as doners of vital organs.  This scene provides a certain denouement to the story, shedding light on the mysteries that surrounded the characters' identities and struggles.

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