The Heart Goes Last Background

The Heart Goes Last Background

The Heart Goes Last is a dystopian science fiction novel by the famous author Margaret Atwood. Atwood is a Canadian writer born in 1939. She has won numerous prizes and her books are translated into many languages. The Heart Goes Last was first published on September 24th, 2015.

The novel is set in the near future where a great financial problem occurs to two couples, Stan and Charmaine. However, they come across a project called the Positron Project, where people get to live in a very nice apartment with food and clothes. The drawback was that they would have to stay there for several months and then stay the same amount of time in a locked prison, and the exchange process would continue. Stan and Charmaine were desperate, so they agreed. Later, Charmaine fell in love with the man in the couple who exchange with them (they are in the apartment while the other couple is in prison), which causes a lot of troubles and trust issues between Stan and Charmaine.

The Heart Goes Last received the reviews of many critics, including some famous magazines like New York Times and the Guardian. It has a 3.4 out of a 5-star rating on Goodreads. Sarah Lyall in the New York Times magazine wrote a full book review criticising and complimenting the novel and she said: "Ms. Atwood is incapable of writing a limp or boring paragraph, and her imagination and playfulness remain as fertile and unpredictable as ever." Moreover, M John Harrison from the Guardian says in his book review: "The Heart Goes Last, originally written as an ebook serial, is a jarring, rewardingly strange piece of work. At first a classic Atwood dystopia, rationally imagined and developed, it relaxes suddenly into a kind of surrealist adventure."

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