Saturday, November 30

Book Review: Erase Me - Positron Episode 3

Title: Erase Me: Positron, Episode 3

Author: Margaret Atwood

Pages: EBook 47

Summary: Stan and Charmaine should have known better when they signed up for Consilience, a social experiment in which it's the lawful who are locked up, while, beyond the gates, criminals wander the wasted streets of America.

The couple understand that to break the rules in so strictly regimented a place is dangerous; but, driven by boredom and lust, they do it anyway and betray each other and the system. As comeuppance, Stan finds himself the sexual plaything of a subversive member of the Consilience security team and in no time is made a pawn in a shadowy scheme to bring Consilience crashing down. Meanwhile, his wife, Charmaine, is being held indefinitely at Positron Prison for her own sins. How far she'll go to regain her good name and position is anyone's guess, especially Stan's. When he winds up paralyzed and tied to a gurney in the prison wing where Charmaine works, injecting toxic cocktails of drugs into troublesome Consilience citizens, will she save his neck or her own? Will she "erase" him permanently?

My Rating: 8/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This edition of the Positron Serial, picked up where the second one ended. And this one was just as good. Like with both the first and second, it's a bit dark and twisted - which I do love. Margaret Atwood has a very unique and creative mind, and the setting of these books is no exception to that.

In this volume, I started to like the characters a little more. They are starting to become more fleshed out and I did like the psychological trails the author put them through. I felt I raced though this volume, just so I could find out what happens next. Only little pieces about the truth are being revealed, if that is the truth, about what happened in the past and the reasons behind Consilience. I both love and hate how only small pieces are given out. I'm also both dreading and looking forward to the reading the next installment. I want to find out what happens next, but I don't want to be left waiting for the one after that. So far, it's been a very good serial - highly recommend to any dystopian or Atwood fan.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, the whole series is turning out to be very interesting, and for those who aren't sure about dystopian yet, the short stories are a good place to start.

What to read next: I'd say more Positron episodes, and more dystopian stories, this series sort of reminds me of Brave New World and The Unit

Challenges: 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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