Review #2: The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

416 pages

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Charmaine sees an advertisement for a project called Positron that promises you a job, a place to live, a bed to sleep in – imagine how appealing that would be if you were working in a dive bar and living in your car. She and her husband, Stan, apply at once. The only catch is that once you’re in there, you can’t get out.

The story of The Heart Goes Last is set in a dystopian world, where jobs are becoming scarce, people are getting fired and being unable to pay their rent, they end up on the streets. This is exactly what happened to married couple Charmaine and Stan. So, when Charmaine finds out about the Positron project, she does not think twice about it and signs herself and her husband up for it at once.

From the outside, the Positron project looks like a beacon of hope. You get a place to live, a job and the opportunity to be part of a new community. But the ins and outs of the project are not quite what they seem, and soon Charmaine and Stan discover that they’ve stepped into something a lot more complex and dark than they first thought…

I am a big fan of Margaret Atwood, she is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I love discovering new books by her. I have read 9 or 10 of her books so far so I’ve still got a way to go but I do intend to read them all!

Once again, Atwood does not disappoint. She writes of a frightening dystopian world where humans are left to fend for themselves, and so when the Positron project comes about, it acts as a saviour of the human race, and that’s how they get you to sign up for it (much like selling your soul to the devil, there is no getting out of it).

I found this book absolutely incredible. It was easy to read, and Atwood’s witty and sometimes crude language is a delight. This is the kind of book that will puzzle you for the first few chapters as you try to understand what’s going on and where the story is going; then once you think you get it, Atwood takes it in a completely different direction, leaving you on edge and eager to know more.

This is a page turner, full of twists and turns that will take you to unexpected places. It was really hard to put down and I devoured it in a few days.

Once again, Atwood has created an incredible piece of work, and she has set the bar of literature really high for me. I would highly recommend to anyone and everyone, but especially if you are a fan of sci-fi and dystopian worlds.

Review #1: The Girl Before

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

341 pages

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Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection… but can you pay the price?

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a list of exacting rules. But when she discovers the previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there, Jane starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before.

I loved this book! This is not the kind of story that I pick up often, but I devoured it. It is an intense thriller, very poignant and I was hooked within the first chapters.

The book is written in an interesting way: one chapter will be told from the point of view of Jane, the current tenant of One Folgate Street; while every other chapter is told from the point of view of Emma, the previous tenant, so the book is constantly oscillating between both timelines. We follow both Emma and Jane’s story from when they move into the house to Emma’s death, and we get to see the differences and similarities between both girls and also watch as some patterns start to re-occur in Jane’s life.

I really liked the way the chapters are separated. Even though it can get confusing (especially since the girls’ lives are so similar, it’s easy to forget which storyline you are on), I do love when authors play around with the conventions of literature and dare do something different.

I will say that I thought the story got a bit flat towards the middle of the book and I lost interest for a couple of chapters, but the pace picked up again by the second half of the book.

All in all, it was a great read! Very easy to read, and if you are a fan of thrillers (especially psychological ones) then you are in for a treat! Highly recommend it.

Welcome to my blog!

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet, or should I say, my little book corner.

Through this blog, I want to share my passion for reading with the world in a creative way so that we can all grab a cup of our favorite beverage (in my case, coffee) and have a virtual discussion about books. Feel free to also comment on how handsome my cat is, and expect a lot more pictures of him.

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To start up this blog, I have compiled my reading list for the end of Spring 2018. As you can see, I am starting small at the moment but I am hoping that my reading lists will get bigger as time goes on.

So, for the next few posts you can expect reviews of:

  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
  • Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cromwell
  • Quiet Power by Susan Cain

I am already halfway through this reading list so I will be able to spend the extra time on setting this blog up and getting things running!

I have also got a stand-alone book, which isn’t part of any reading lists at the moment, so it will be on a separate post after these four. Stay tuned if you want to know what this mystery book is!

I am planning on publishing my posts on Tuesdays, either every week or every other week depending on how much time I spend on each book, so if you enjoy my reviews make sure to tune in every Tuesday for new blog posts! My other social media pages are now linked to this blog so make sure you follow them all so that you never miss any post announcements!

That’s it for now, and I’ll talk to you guys later!

Céline.