The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015 | Unabridged
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Several years after the world's brutal economic collapse, Stan and Charmaine, a married couple struggling to stay afloat, hear about the Positron Project in the town of Consilience, an experiment in cooperative living that appears to be the answer to their problems - to living in their car, to the lousy jobs, to the vandalism and the gangs, to their piled-up debt. There's just one drawback: once inside Consilience, you don't get out. After weighing their limited options, Stan and Charmaine sign up, and soon they find themselves involved in the town's strategy for economic stability: a pervasive prison system, whereby each citizen lives a double life, as a prisoner one month, and a guard or town functionary the next. At first, Stan and Charmaine enjoy their newfound prosperity. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who shares her civilian house, her actions set off an unexpected chain of events that leave Stan running for his life. Brilliant, dark, and provocative, The Heart Goes Last is a compelling futuristic vision that will drive readers to the edge of their seats.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101924792
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 11, 2018

A dystopic but humorous reflection of our society, with some artist liberty. Especially regarding the discrepancies reflected in our current world. The growth of authoritarian leadership, and diminishing concept of truth and compassion around the world. It reflects some of the consequences of what might happen when we shun 'others', isolate them and institutionalize them to the peril of the society as whole.
It is also a lesson in learning to appreciate you significant person. The grass always seem greener at the other side of the fence, and if it is, someone put in extra effort.
Margret Atwood, I bow! What a remarkable writer. I wish I could spend time with her.

Feb 26, 2018

This is great book, it has terrible characters all around, and black mirror ending. I feel Like these characters need to talk about their feelings.

Jan 30, 2017

I've put off writing this review because I can't quite decide what to say about it. The book was fascinating and off-putting at the same time. I was gripped by the story, and nauseated by the characters. I wanted to read it because I adore Margaret Atwood, yet I wanted more of the Madadam author, and less of the Robber Bride. I think I love her most when she is a little more surreal, or perhaps the world is a little less like our own. There was so much reality in this story it made me profoundly uncomfortable. The world of this story is so close to our own, that it took no leap of faith at all to picture how it could come to be. Perhaps it should be read as a cautionary tale. Just don't read it expecting Madadam.

Beatricksy Dec 16, 2016

This book is as middle ground as they come, I think. I didn't like it. I didn't hate it. It just was. It's got every offensive thing you can dare to think of, including bestiality. It's full of cliche tropes, from Blond Bimbo to Sex Starved Man. It could have been so much shorter, so much tighter. But it's fun despite all that. It's almost a comedy. It's Stepford Wives, basically, and that's entertaining, though it doesn't break any new ground. The audiobook is read to PERFECTION. The two actors are great, especially Charmaine who is just hilarious to listen to while she plays up the Bimbo Blond to astonishingly glorious levels.

Apr 20, 2016

Humour, dystopian, love story, science fiction, satire, horror, that test humanity and tests the heart.

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