My rating – 3/5 stars
Published on September 29, 2015
Margaret Atwood’s new dystopian novel The Heart Goes Last follows a married couple initially living out of their car after the economy plummets and then the couple move into a walled city type of project called Consilience. At Consilience, they alternate every month between living in a perfect little home in the town and a month of prison work at Positron. Then, sh!t goes down.
Though the book starts off as a typical dystopian, it quickly turns into an original story as only Atwood can do. At times it feels more like a taut thriller than a dystopian (who’s side are certain individuals on??). Characters have to make some very difficult decisions and I love that Atwood framed them in a non-judgmental way. It made it difficult to side with characters but you also couldn’t discount why they were doing certain things.
I would say that the first 75-80% of the novel are quick page-turners with some literary insight. Then something weird happens and it feels too silly for me to endorse. The last chunk of the book felt like it was part of a different novel. For me, the tension that was built up to that point was lost because the results felt so ridiculous.
I would recommend this novel to lovers of dystopians and for fans of Margaret Atwood. I enjoyed the majority of the book and would have given it 4 stars if not for the dumb ending. I still think that many readers will get something out of this novel.
I received a copy of an arc from the publisher after winning a giveaway, so my review is based on the unfinished copy.