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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! I love Margaret Atwood's books! This book is kind of f***** up! but i enjoyed every page. I might not like it very much how most of her books don't have a real "ending", but I like this story ended in a twist of emotion freedom vs security in a relationship and having to make a conscious decision about what you really want out of life, and the power the mind has over behaviour when you believe that something has been altered, whether it is true or not. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!! I love Margaret Atwood's books! This book is kind of f***** up! but i enjoyed every page. I might not like it very much how most of her books don't have a real "ending", but I like this story ended in a twist of emotion freedom vs security in a relationship and having to make a conscious decision about what you really want out of life, and the power the mind has over behaviour when you believe that something has been altered, whether it is true or not. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read I enjoyed the idea of the plot for this novel. Living in an idyllic society and then having to spend time in prison.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting A dystopian world is in this book. The first parts were very strong and since I wanted to know more, I wasn't disappointed as I read along. I did sense a hint of different direction as the story went, especially at the latter stages of the story. The ending could almost pass of as another story entirely. However, I really liked it. It was very riveting.
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! The Heart Goes Last is a little weird but lots of fun to read!
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bizarre. I had high hopes reading a work written by Margaret Atwood and unfortunately was left disappointed. The dystopian concept is so bizarre and awkward to me... it was so hard to keep interest. Nevertheless, it does become somewhat interesting 150 pages in, which I then finished within a few hours (whether by force or for enjoyment... I'll never really know).
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! I bought this a month ago and I'm so glad I did! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit of let down. I really wanted to love this book, I was sold on the premise but the story never delivered. Atwood I find sometimes struggles to give her characters depth, she just tells you who they are and what they're like and the story goes from there. She has such a wonderful imagination, and the concepts of all her stories immediately suck you in, but the delivery always falters to me. Give it a try if you love Atwood.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool She's a very popular author so the story should have some soul to it.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is my second book by Margaret Atwood and I can't wait to read more. The book started off strong and kept me interested throughout, although I agree with some of the other reviews that it seemed to stray toward the last 1/3 of the book. It almost seemed as if I had started reading another book with a different plot line but the same characters. Still left 5 stars as I did enjoy the ending despite it being pretty different from how it all started.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first Atwood I belong to a book club and one of the woman said she was going to pick this book for her month. So i went out and got it. She ended up choosing a different book (which i didn't like) but i still read this one and wow i was surprised. It was so different from what i expected to read and it was really good. Some parts i found a bit unbelievable but that didn't deter me from wanting to read more and more of it.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing I was looking forward to reading another novel written by Margaret Atwood but.... in my opinion this one was very disappointing. The "about" section covers much of what is interesting about this book...
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Margaret Atwood is a genius This book makes you realize the power of Margaret Atwood. Must read
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sis likes it I bought this book for my sister as she likes Margaret Atwood books
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Love her works and this was no different. Incredible character and plot development. highly recommend
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read!! This book was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this read.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I love Margaret Atwood, and I was not disappointed with this book!
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uhh I honestly don't know what to take from this book. I enjoy the writing and it started strong, but I got really bored going through it.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another winner does this woman write anything that isn't amazing? I think not.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This book was not what I was expecting. That being said, I really did enjoy it. It's very different from the things I normally read but I was a big fan.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings I am a huge lover of anything that can be classified as a dystopian novel. This was also my first book by Margaret Atwood. I have read a lot about her work and, perhaps, this contributed to my extremely high expectations towards this novel. The beginning was very promising and engaging. I liked the style of writing, the narrative and was excited to see where the story would go. Unfortunately, the last third of the book became a complete mess (in my opinion), it felt like the author was trying to mix two books into one. What started as a satirical dystopia, ended up being a beach-read comedy at the end. I will definitely pick up Margaret Atwood's other books to read, just to form a more complex opinion, but I will approach them with slightly lower expectations. I would rate it 3.5 (4 for the first two thirds of the book and much lower grade for the last chapters).
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great author love her books.. this book doesn't fall short of true M A fashion!
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing One of my faves from Atwood to date....a true page turner!
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read! One of my faves from Atwood to date....a true page turner!
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Interesting story idea but not my favourite of her work
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting! Loved this book. It was a page turner start to finish.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't like it I'm a huge fan, and some of the writing in The Heart Goes Last is as beautiful as you'd expect, but the story itself wasn't good. It wasn't subtle. To borrow a phrase from another review, it bothered me.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Heart Goes Last (Positron) by Margaret Atwood The whole book is told in this way: third-person, from two main points of view, but with so much paraphrased inner monologue, it almost feels like first. That ought to be really engaging, but I didn’t really engage.There's not much more depressing from a reader's standpoint than watching one of your favorite authors tank spectacularly. I was cautiously optimistic that the uneven, rocky start of Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last was just a momentary hiccup, that she'd figure out what kind of kind of book she was writing. What bothered me here was Ms. Atwood's tone. She took her initial premise (which, while highly implausible and far-fetched, had just enough serious gravity to give the reader pause and wonder "What if?") and transformed it into something farcical and banal.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Heart Goes Last (Positron) by Margaret Atwood The whole book is told in this way: third-person, from two main points of view, but with so much paraphrased inner monologue, it almost feels like first. That ought to be really engaging, but I didn’t really engage.There's not much more depressing from a reader's standpoint than watching one of your favorite authors tank spectacularly. I was cautiously optimistic that the uneven, rocky start of Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last was just a momentary hiccup, that she'd figure out what kind of kind of book she was writing. What bothered me here was Ms. Atwood's tone. She took her initial premise (which, while highly implausible and far-fetched, had just enough serious gravity to give the reader pause and wonder "What if?") and transformed it into something farcical and banal.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Heart Goes Last I found this story a bit twisted and disturbing, however, it was interesting enough for me to finish the book.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Heart Goes Last (Positron #4) by Margaret Atwood The story centres on Stan and Charmaine. At the outset of the first episode, Stan finds a raunchy note under his refrigerator left by Jasmine for Max; it's sealed with lipstick and says "I'm starved for you". Stan is fired with curiosity about Jasmine, and the plot proceeds from there.Atwood has produced a very good episodic serial, with lots of twists in plot and character. It's a great premise, and nothing is what it seems. I'm hooked.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Heart Goes Last (Positron #4) by Margaret Atwood The story centres on Stan and Charmaine. At the outset of the first episode, Stan finds a raunchy note under his refrigerator left by Jasmine for Max; it's sealed with lipstick and says "I'm starved for you". Stan is fired with curiosity about Jasmine, and the plot proceeds from there.Atwood has produced a very good episodic serial, with lots of twists in plot and character. It's a great premise, and nothing is what it seems. I'm hooked.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Read I found it took me a while to really get into this book. The first chapter hooked me, but my interest waned by page 30 or 40. It picked back up again by the middle of the book in the weird, twisted way that only an Atwood novel can, so I'm glad I didn't bail! It's a fascinating premise and the creepy tone is just right. It's not my favourite of her novels (Blind Assassin all the way!) but it's still worth the read, in my opinion!
Date published: 2017-11-10
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