The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (5)

I have been on a wonderful reading kick of great Canadian writers lately, such as Margaret Atwood and a few others as you will see from my book reviews that will come in the next few months.

The Heart Goes Last is a wonderful story that is fitting in our cultural and economic times of job losses and financial crises.   It is a story that will rivet anyone who feels quite on the edge of the economic landscape.

Stan and Charmaine are a married couple who are trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car for a while leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs.

They desperately need to turn their situation around — and fast. So, then along comes the Positron Project in the town of Consilience. It seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone has a roof over their head and food to eat. But there is a catch.  Every other month, they have to live in a prison as one of the inmates!!  That is quite a price to pay for a bit of financial stability, isn’t it?

But then matters get even worse and more complex when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with one of the men who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison. This puts Stan’s life in danger.

With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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