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.

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