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

Paperback | August 9, 2016

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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:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.8 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771009135

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cringe-worthy I bought this after reading the Handmaid's Tale which was amazing. I had really high hopes for this book as the summary was very interesting. I felt like I was 15 again-- when a sex scene comes on during a TV show and you're sitting with your parents-- it was very awkward; I felt like it was my mom trying to write a sex scene. Besides the weird sex, I didn't really understand the prison system-- I feel it was really glossed over and focused way too much on the main character's weird obsession with her co-housemate. Her husband ended up being a huge pushover as well which really made me cringe. I took a while to read this one; every time I picked it up I was looking forward to putting it back down. There was just something about sex robots and Elvis that made me shudder.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Margaret Atwood always does a fantastic job writing about these very imaginable dystopian worlds! The ideas behind the cooperative living facility the main characters decide to take part of are interesting and you wonder how things can be going wrong. Of course we all know that saying "too good to be true"...there's always something lurking in the background waiting to expose what is really going on. I found this an easy read and one I didn't want to put down.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hated it I was really intrigued by the premise of this book and given the high profile author, I rushed out to buy it as soon as it was released. I was so disappointed! While the prison colony aspect really appealed to me, I felt it was lacking in execution and certain plot elements just did not make sense. The main character was so annoying and felt very juvenile when dealing with big crises. Atwood has stronger works.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS BOOK HAS THE WOW FACTOR This novel really made me think about life, in so many ways. The story line is brilliant. It as a PAGE TURNER.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I have a soft spot for dystopian literature, and I think it was Margaret Atwood that started that. This one doesn't disappoint; the whole trilogy is engaging and disturbing and witty and true in the way that I have come to expect from her writing. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little odd, as always, for Margaret Atwood, but very engaging. From the start, I braced myself and, sure enough it was odd at parts, but as always the story was very engaging and I finished the book. It wasn't bad. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Atwood novel.... But still worthy of four stars!!!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very interesting This time Atwood's future distopia is set in a time when the gulf between haves and have-nots has grown so wide that the have-nots are barely existing. What to do with these people? Atwood's solution is both genius and horrifying. And yet, somehow I can see it happening. Great storyline. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty ok read I love reading Margaret Atwood novels, so I was stoked to read this one. It seemed pretty interesting after reading the synopsis. I had a hard time getting through the plot sometimes. Overall it was a pretty good read. Not Mrs. Atwood's best work, but still good.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh I loved the start of this book. In true Atwood form, it is written well, but the character development is horrible. The premise was neat (which is the reason for the one star) - but its almost like Atwood wanted to write her own "50 shades" variety, and failed miserably. If I am ever stuck in a world where my only friends are as shallow and one dimensional as Stan and Charmaine, please kill me. I had a hard time finishing the book I was so irritated, but felt I had to finish it in order to post a review to hopefully save some other reader from this misery. I have no idea HOW this book was shortlisted for any kind of complimentary award.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Can't believe Atwood is still churning good books out. this is another winner in my opinion and has been deservedly long listed for the 2017 Dublin Literary Award
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not extraordinary Margaret Atwood has written better dystopian novels, and although this one is good, I probably had higher hopes for it based on her previous novels.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A taste of Atwood I'm a big Atwood fan. While not her best (too easy of a read), it's still pretty good and will keep me going until I get her next book. Humorous in her sardonic fashion. Enjoyable to be sure.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Meh There are moments in this book that I would become so bored it would take hours to get through one chapter. And then there are moments that I'm so enthralled that I cant put it down. It's a hit and miss.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing I loved the unique plot of this book. Margaret Atwood weaves such intricate characters and realities. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish it was longer! I am a huge atwood fan and this book did not disappoint, dark and twisted, with a plot that I could not stop reading.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique I love Margaret Atwood's books and this one did not disappoint. It was a very interesting concept she created.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Atwood! Having been a fan of The Handmaid's Tale and Alias Grace I was very excited for this new novel. I was not disappointed! Engaging and relatable while maintaining an alien dystopian quality - fantastic!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I bought this book having never read any of Margaret Atwood's books before. It was not the normal type of book I would normally read but I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Atwood - not the best. I bought this novel back in the summer and was generally entertained throughout. It is a good read and Atwood, as usual, bring to life a dystopian future very vividly. However, it is not my favourite Atwood read. This story felt a lot fluffier than some of her others. Overall, my rating of 4 stars is for the book as a whole as it is entertaining and presents a grim view of humanity. If I were to rate it solely on a scale of Atwood books - it would likely be lower.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atwood does it again I love her dystopian novels best. #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More great dystopian fiction from Atwood Anyone who is a fan of The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake will enjoy this.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read This Now, Or Later. A madcap adventure/dystopian vision/speculative fiction of things to come and possibly already, impossibility, here. A great way to lose an entire night's sleep reading away or a fine afternoon ignoring those lovely people at the park who stop and stare at book covers of those reading on benches like there's something more in it for them than the staring (there is not). Atwood never looked so good.
Date published: 2016-11-07

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


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