The first book of 2016 is in the bag. I read this one for task #40 Brit Lit of this years reading challenge. Although the author sounds Japanese, he was actually born and raised in Great Britian.
This also could have worked for a Dystopian novel, it was a Man Booker prize finalist, and an Oprah book club book if you are doing the Popsugar Reading challenge.
So this is the story of three friends: Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. They grow up together at a special school, Hailsham, for very special children. They grow up, apart, in the idyllic English countryside, until one day, it is their duty to enter society and live up to their purpose.
This book is a real mind bender. It makes you think about so many things - what is a soul? What is the true purpose of our lives? I loved it. My only critique isn't a critique really, but the style of the book is intentionally choppy. Kathy will start sharing a memory to move the story and will have to stop and go back two weeks further to get to the point. It's a little disconcerting at first but you get so involved in the story, that eventually I didn't even notice. It was a great way to kick off 2016.