I received this book for free from AudioBook Reviewer in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Published by Nan A. Talese on September 29th 2015
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakin
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Genres: Dystopian, Sci Fi
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.
This was fascinating!
The story starts in a dystopian type time for Charmain and her husband, Stan. Neither really have any work and they are desperate to find something, anything, to keep them going. They are living in their car and although Charmain tries to remain positive, it gets difficult at times. After Stan has a run in with his brother and thinks that his brother may try to get Charmain to have sex with him, Stan decides enough is enough. He will do anything. That’s when they hear about Positron.
The story from the get go is intense. There is a grittiness to it, an edge that really makes it stand out. It was like watching a horror movie. I knew that at any moment something was going to happen to these two.
And then, the plot starts to cool a bit. Like taking a deep breath before plunging into icy waters. The main thing about being in Positron is that you have to live one month in an enclosed community and then another month in prison, alternating as long as you are there.
Stan and Charmain wind up being at Positron for a while (I want to say a year) and are starting to really feel in a rut. They remember what it was like outside so they do not complain, but they are also in a rut in their relationship. It’s this rut that causes some major issues. Both Charmain and Stan start to seek other ways of relieving their tensions and this starts the snowball of chaos.
The longer the plot goes on the more silly it gets. There are some things at the end of the book that are just straight out ridiculous. But, I loved the way it ended. There’s a twist and then a twist to THAT twist. I really enjoy that this feels settled but maybe not quite. You may need to suspend belief to be able to enjoy all of this as the plot delves into strange categories. It is Sci Fi and I enjoyed it, even the twisted parts.
The audio was very appealing and had me on the edge of my seat. To reiterate, absolutely fantastic narration.
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4.3 / 5