The Heart Goes Last

The past is so much safer, because whatever’s in it has already happened. It can’t be changed; so, in a way, there’s nothing to dread.

The Heart goes Last by Margaret Atwood - book review

The Heart goes Last by Margaret Atwood - book review

Title: The Heart Goes Last
Author: Margaret Atwood
First Published: 2015
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3:48)
The Beginning: Sleeping in the car is cramped.

Society is falling apart after a financial catastrophe. Charmaine and Stan have lost their jobs and their house, now they sleep in their car and live of Charmaine’s job waitressing. In comes a social experiment for rescue: Consilience offers them a home, security and jobs. The catch is that they have to switch between one month in their new home as ‘normal’ citizens and one month in prison. Of course everything’s corrupted, and both Stan and Charmaine have to face their own and each others’ darker sides and weaknesses as they become the pieces of someone else’s puzzle.

I had a bit of trouble buying into the story and the characters. Everyone was just so sex crazed that it became plain silly. The story is entertaining, but there is nothing mind-blowing about it. And the dystopian society seemed flat to me. I would have liked a more complex society and more interesting characters.

My verdict may be a bit unfair. Had this novel been written by any other author, it may have gotten 4 stars. But this is Margaret Atwood; I know the kind of magic she can pull off, and this one doesn’t come near it. That doesn’t mean that it’s not worth reading. I just know she can do better. Especially when I think of the other creative dystopian novels she’s written over the years. In comparison, this one seems flat and trivial.

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2 thoughts on “The Heart Goes Last

  1. Those people’s lives sound really awful, to be honest! Poor Stan and Charmaine.
    It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy this that much, I usually love dystopian but I don’t know if this would be my type 😛 Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    Lipstick and Mocha

  2. I wouldn’t say that I didn’t enjoy it – I just wasn’t that impressed (which I usually am by Atwood). I think you could probably skip it without missing much …

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