She is anything but subtle and gentle when it comes to her works, her writing if anything always hints to a dystopian society, the failures of mankind and what’s worse than all of this? Margaret Atwood’s writing can’t entirely and truly be categorised as works of fiction. The Heart Goes Last is the latest addition to her collection of spine chilling reads.
Protagonists, Stan and Charmaine are left with nothing – sleeping in their car, collecting scraps from dustbins late at night with danger or worse, death always around the corner are in a society that has just crumbled. With almost no hope left, Charmaine catches an ad on TV, of a community that offers homes, jobs, an abundance of food and fresh towels. With bursting optimism, she convinces Stan to visit this facility, Consilience, despite warnings from Stan’s brother. It’s not all fluffy pillows and warm baths here, citizens have to spend one month outdoors and one, as inmates in Positron.
While at first, it would even make you wonder why such a situation would be far from an ideal one but as the story progresses, Atwood begins to reveal a side to humanity that isn’t too far from reality. As Stan and Charmaine begin to accept this life, they begin to face challenges, like the raw and often unexplored sides of humanity, that often mislead even the strongest.
With some shocking plot twists, Atwood takes the very core of relationships and shines light on parts that some of us choose to ignore in our daily lives. Everything and everyone is tested and this is why The Heart Goes Last is definitely on my favourite reads of 2016!
“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, Margaret Atwood
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