The heart goes last, is Margaret Atwood at her most clever and brilliant, yet again. In a scarily possible near future scenario, a private corporation has come up with a scheme to make money out of people who have nothing to lose. All they have to do is agree to give up their freedom every second month. One month of sex segregated labouring for free in a prison environment, balanced with a month of ‘normal’ life; living safely in a nice suburban environment.
When you’re reduced to living in a car, dumpster diving for food, and at risk of attack by marauding gangs every night, this is a very attractive proposition, which Stan and Charmaine sign up for no questions asked.
What’s happening at the heart of the Positron experiment, in the town of Consilience, (standing for Cons + Resilience), is slowly revealed. Stan and Charmaine embark on a roller coaster ride, which examines marital commitment, sexual desire, and the depths of the human heart.
A thoroughly enjoyable senior read.
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