One of the Best Books of the Year: The Boston Globe Stan and Charmaine, a young urban couple, have been hit by job loss and bankruptcy in the midst of a nationwide economic collapse. Forced to live in their third-hand Honda, where they are vulnerable to roving gangs, they think the gated community of Consilience may be the answer to their prayers. If they sign a life contract, they'll get a job and a lovely house . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents must leave their homes and serve as inmates in the Positron prison system. At first, this seems worth it: they will have a roof over their heads and food on the table. But when a series of troubling events unfolds, Positron begins to look less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled. The Heart Goes Last is a vivid, urgent vision of development and decay, freedom and surveillance, struggle and hope-and the timeless workings of the human heart.
"Captivating. . . . Thrilling. . . . Margaret Atwood [is] a living legend." - The New York Times Book Review "Quintessential Atwood. . . . The writing here is so persuasive, so crisp, that it seeps under your skin." - The Boston Globe "An arresting perspective on the confluence of information, freedom, and security in the modern age." - The New Yorker "A gripping, psychologically acute portrayal of our own future gone totally wrong, and the eternal constant of flawed humanity." - Huffington Post "Dystopia virtuoso Margaret Atwood turns her effortless world-building, deft humor and grim commentary on the depths of human hubris to the prison industrial complex, love and free will." - The Denver Post "Rare apocalyptic entertainment. . . . Not only does Atwood sketch out an all-too-possible future but she also looks to the past, tapping into archetypes from fairy tales and myth, giving the novel a resonance beyond satire." - The Miami Herald "Another Atwood classic." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Poignant. . . . Gloriously madcap. . . . You only pause in your laughter when you realise that, in its constituent parts, the world she depicts here is all too horribly plausible." - The Guardian (London) "Engrossing." - The Austin Chronicle "Wonderful. . . . Explores the idea of a powerful system and its discontents. . . . Atwood's The Heart Goes Last is a riveting addition to her oeuvre." - Electric Literature "Atwood's creepy but entertaining vision of a possible future." - The Washington Times "Fast-paced and funny. . . . True love ultimately endures in The Heart Goes Last , but so do the real terrors present in Atwood novels, all too often manifesting in ours." - PopMatters "Eerily prophetic. . . . A heady blend of speculative fiction with noir undertones that is provocative, powerful and will prompt all readers to reassess which parts of their humanity are for sale." - BookPage "Ever-inventive, astutely observant, and drolly ironic, Atwood unfurls a riotous plot. . . . This laser-sharp, hilariously campy, and swiftly flowing satire delves deeply into our desires, vices, biases, and contradictions, bringing fresh, incisive comedy to the rising tide of postapocalyptic fiction . . . in which Atwood has long been a clarion voice." - Booklist (starred review)
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 30 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. She lives in Toronto, Canada.