By Dakota.Me.UK, Sep 18 2016 09:00AM
The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood, Bloomsbury 2015.
Stan and Charmaine are a married couple struggling to survive in the modern world. Charmaine works in a bar and they are living in their car. Just when they think there is no way out, they hear about the Positron Project, in the town of Consilience. A stable job and home of their own beckons. But there’s a catch – every other month they have to spend in prison, living in cells and doing prison jobs. It seems a small price to pay, they sign up, and at first life seems perfect.
But as we all know, human nature doesn’t allow us to keep life perfect for long, and soon the sinister side of Positron becomes apparent. Charmaine begins to act self-destructively and Stan wants to get out, but it turns out getting out of Positron is far harder than getting in. Their every move is monitored and they realise just how wide the social experiment goes.
As exhibited in The Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood’s writing is gripping and as always her vision of a dystopian future is absolutely spot on. The scary part is with constant CCTV and people more and more able to control elements of their lives, there is a part of me which can see this actually happening one day. Disturbing, thought provoking, and utterly captivating, this is a must-read for fans of Margaret Atwood and those new to her writing too.