Klara and the Sun – book review

Klara and the Sun
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Science Fiction
* * * *  Stars (Great!)

Klara is an AF (Artificial Friend) who spends her days observing humans from the window of her shop and dreaming of the day when she will be purchased and matched with a child. Josie, who eventually chooses her, is a sickly, uplifted child whose illness often prevents her from enjoying normal things. Part of Klara’s job as Josie’s friend is to carefully observe and learn everything she can about her, so they can interact easily and effectively. When it seems like Josie may not survive, her mother suggests another possibility that’s a little disturbing to contemplate. Klara, however, believes that she can save her young friend by asking the Sun for special help. This is a thoughtful and slow-paced read as Klara and Josie’s stories unfold through Klara’s observations. There are many details of this possible future that aren’t fully explored, but leave plenty of room for contemplation. For older teens (high school) and adults.

Reviewed by YA Librarian

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