Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: "The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood

I was a little bit slow on reading this one. I think it's because there's so many books that I love of Margaret Atwood's that I was scared that I would read this book and not like it and spoil my "record" with Ms Atwood.

So "The Heart Goes Last". 

Charmaine and Stan are living in their car in a super scary world where the economy had collapsed and everything is pretty bleak. There is one little hope for the future. It's basically a social experiment that would provide them with a home and food and safety. They live in a safe suburban area for one month and then the next month they live in a prison in the same complex. They have jobs in both places and they have little scooters to get around and everything is almost perfect. But then there's the weird surveillance vans. And the people who just disappear. And the other unexplained things....

 This is not a bad story. It's an interesting concept and parts of it are twisty and great. It's just not as good as a lot of the other Atwood options out there. It's slightly more "light" in compared to her other works (which isn't to mean that it's floofy. There's threats of rape, murder, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and someone who is DESPERATELY in love with a stuffed animal.) It's just not as complex and thought provoking as, say, the Maddadam trilogy. There's no way this won't be a movie.


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