The Heart Goes Last
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Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine's job at a dive bar, they're increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of 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 this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell.
At first, all is well. But slowly, unknown to the other, Stan and Charmaine develop a passionate obsession with their counterparts, the couple that occupy their home when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire take over, and Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled."
Originally written as an ebook serial, this is a magnificent Margaret Atwood, even if it's not one of the best, given everything's that she's already written. I'd say that it is a satirical, ironic dystopia (not to say sarcastic, for that may be a somewhat strong adjectivation). I just didn't like as much the last quarter or so of the book, when it slides into a kind of surrealist adventure.
[originally read in the end of 2017/January 2018]
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If that's the case, I hope it becomes a success there and gets read again - and again, and again? that would be more than I ask for!
Problem... my TBR shelf is getting higher and higher. Well, there are bigger problems in this world.
Its now available, to guests or whoever wants to give a try on this one.