The Heart Goes Last

By Margaret Atwood

4 out of 5 stars

Stan and Charmaine are living out of their car, barely making. Living with the fear of whoever is out at night, whoever could try and kill them or even worse. Parts of the country have taken a dramatic downturn. When they find out about the town of Consilience, they are intrigued. You live one month in your own home (which in alternating months, you share with another couple) and in the other month, you spend it in the Positron prison. It works out well for them until Charmaine begins an affair with Max, the man who lives in their home on alternating months.

This was a different genre for me, not really a dystopian story at all. There are so many things going on here from affairs, harvesting body parts, robotic sex toys (who can resemble anyone you want ), to Elvises and Marilyns. It’s very funny in parts, though I wanted to smack Charmaine a few times because she really was kind of oblivious, but it was always entertaining. I think it’s written more as a black comedy with maybe some serious undertones about freedom and where our society is going in the future with everyone so plugged into everything except their families. The ending was something I saw coming but it does leave room for the imagination. I did enjoy it, maybe wanted to skim through a few pages, but all-in-all, it was a fun read.

I received a copy of this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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