The Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret AtwoodThe Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel

byMargaret Atwood

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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Imagining a world where citizens take turns as prisoners and jailers, the prophetic Margaret Atwood delivers a hilarious yet harrowing tale about liberty, power, and the irrepressibility of the human appetite.

     Several years after the world's brutal economic collapse, Stan and Charmaine, a married couple struggling to stay afloat, hear about the Positron Project in the town of Consilience, an experiment in cooperative living that appears to be the answer to their problems - to living in their car, to the lousy jobs, to the vandalism and the gangs, to their piled-up debt. There's just one drawback: once inside Consilience, you don't get out. After weighing their limited options, Stan and Charmaine sign up, and soon they find themselves involved in the town's strategy for economic stability: a pervasive prison system, whereby each citizen lives a double life, as a prisoner one month, and a guard or town functionary the next. At first, Stan and Charmaine enjoy their newfound prosperity. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who shares her civilian house, her actions set off an unexpected chain of events that leave Stan running for his life. Brilliant, dark, and provocative, The Heart Goes Last is a compelling futuristic vision that will drive readers to the edge of their seats.
MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in I...
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Title:The Heart Goes Last: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.5 × 6.64 × 1 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771009119

ISBN - 13:9780771009112

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Love Margaret Atwood's writing, and although this wasn't my favourite of hers, I would still highly recommend it. Very interesting concept, and I found that I finished it quickly.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting concept Fascinating read; could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good This was my first Atwood and what turned me on to the rest of her work. She has such a great way of portraying the current world in decay and the possible outcomes of what destroying our world will result to as an outcome
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a solid choice Im a big Atwood fan and I enjoyed this one. Not my favourite of hers but I would still recommend.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not a favourite. It took some patience to make my way through this book. I didn't really get into the story until about half way through. Once I finished, I was glad to have stuck with it. However, while I enjoyed the story, I probably won't read it again.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Story It was an interesting story, not my favorite of Atwood's books, but worth the read.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read, But Not My Favorite Atwood This was a good read in general, though I'd expected a bit more from Atwood, as she certainly has works of a higher caliber.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Margaret Atwood is great but this is not her best.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not her best Not her best book but am still an Atwood fan.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forging ahead with Heart I've always found Ms. Atwood to have a great talent for exploring human relationships through the first person lens of her characters; indeed it seems to be a real trademark of her earlier novels in particular--at least from my perspective. So, this novel, for me, was a great amalgamation of her more recent focus on writing at a larger, societal scale in speculative fiction and this intensely personal probe into inner lives and the ways they may intersect. Satisfying and skillful as ever.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic atwood great read
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from this book was not her best a little bit boring and not satisfying
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy Read Great book & easy read. Journey into the future with character twists and turns,only as Margaret Atwood can do.
Date published: 2015-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it ! I'm a big fan of Margaret Atwood so I treated myself to the signed edition of this book. I loved it .. good story .. loved the characters .. kept me interested from beginning to end. There is not a pause or dull moment it is very entertaining so really could not ask for more. I recommend it and can't wait to read another MA book.
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I'm a huge Margaret Atwood reader and I looked forward to reading the novel but unfortunately I was disappointed. I love dystopia and books set in the future. The story line was intriguing but it just got carried away. I'm not sure if the novel is suppose to be black comedy?? It was liking reading a very bad Adam Sandler silly movie.
Date published: 2015-10-23

Editorial Reviews

A National Post Best Book — 2015
Globe and Mail 100 — 2015


• "Atwood's prose miraculously balances humor, outrage and beauty. A simple description becomes both chilling and sublime." New York Times Book Review