Wednesday, April 30

Book Review: The Heart Goes Last

Title: The Heart Goes Last

Author: Margaret Atwood

Pages: EBook 48

Summary: In the seemingly well-adjusted world of Consilience, it's dawning on the residents that they've thrown away the keys to more than their ragged former lives outside the high walls of their gated community. When they volunteered for this new social experiment, they also gave away the keys to their destinies, even their hearts.

Ask Charmaine and she'll tell you her husband is a dead man. Sure, marriage can be murder, but when Charmaine plunged a deadly hypodermic needle into Stan, because it was part of her job--dispatching undesirables in Positron Prison--Stan survived. His former jailer, a libidinous security chief named Jocelyn, had switched out the death drugs for knockout drugs and drafted him into a plot to undo the increasingly sinister social scheme. In so doing, she promoted him from her sexual plaything to full-blown subversive. The underground is housed in a manufacturing plant of one of Consilience's most successful products: sexbots, made to order.

Love, however, is not made to order, and despite a Darwinian labyrinth of betrayal after betrayal, including wild extramarital encounters and, yes, murder, Stan can't stop thinking about Charmaine. Not only because someone has requested a sexbot replica of her but because, well, she's home in a world without homes. In "The Heart Goes Last," one of Atwood's darkest and most deviously entertaining inventions yet, the human heart proves more resilient and true than any mail-order machine.

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This volume in the Positron serial has Margaret Atwood's usual wit, observations and twisted view on a not-so-distant future. So far I'm enjoy the twists and turns the story has taken, including the weird and the very weird elements of the story. What I enjoy most about it, is that it almost feels like it could be part of the world the MaddAddam Trilogy takes place in. I keep looking to see if there will be any mentions of characters or technologies, as this serial has some hauntingly similar ideologies and technologies as the MaddAddam trilogy.

I'm not a fan of the characters, they just don't have that extra push they usually do from what I usually find in Atwood's books. Perhaps part of this is because, they are in this creepy, controlled society, that creates them into mindless drones, but I find it hard to warm up to the character.

Overall, it was an enjoyable addition to the Positron serial. I just wish I didn't have to wait as long between each volume of the story.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, especially if you enjoyed the MaddAddam triology.

What to read next: More of the Positron books and the MaddAddam trilogy. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer would also be a good choice.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2014 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge

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