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"Thrilling, sometimes comic, often absurd and entirely engaging, spinning sins into the territory of Elvis-themed escorts, stuffed-animal carnality and customizable sexbots ... What keeps The Heart Goes Last fresh, as with the rest of Atwood's recent work, is that while it revisits earlier themes of her oeuvre, it never replicates. Rather, it reads like an exploration continued, with new surprises, both narratively and thematically, to be discovered ... Margaret Atwood has become something nearly as fantastical as one of her storytelling subjects: a living legend who continues to remain fresh and innovative on the page."
--Mat Johnson, New York Times Book Review

"[The Heart Goes Last] affords an arresting perspective on the confluence of information, freedom, and security in the modern age."
--The New Yorker

"This is quintessential Atwood territory, a bleak dystopian landscape littered with shady types who engage in twisted sexual manipulation and scientific engineering reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake ... The writing here is so persuasive, so crisp, that it seeps under your skin ... [This] fast-paced novel is hard to put down when it comes screaming to its clever and terrifying conclusion."
--Boston Globe

"The Heart Goes Last rides a wave of dark energy. It's 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. Meanwhile, she ratchets up the tension and gleefully knocks down the fictive world she created."
--Miami Herald

"A gripping, psychologically acute portrayal of our own future gone totally wrong, and the eternal constant of flawed humanity."
--Huffington Post

"Another Atwood classic."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"At first a classic Atwood dystopia, rationally imagined and developed, [The Heart Goes Last] relaxes suddenly into a kind of surrealist adventure. The satirical impulse foregrounds itself. Narrative drive ramps up ... Atwood allows her sense of the absurd its full elbow room; her cheerfully caustic contempt-bestowed even-handedly on contemporary economics, retro culture, and the social and neurological determination of identity-goes unrestrained ... Jubilant comedy of errors, bizarre bedroom farce, SF prison-break thriller, psychedelic 60s crime caper: The Heart Goes Last scampers in and out of all of these genres, pausing only to quote Milton on the loss of Eden or Shakespeare on weddings. Meanwhile, it performs a hard-eyed autopsy on themes of impersonation and self-impersonation, revealing so many layers of contemporary deception and self-deception that we don't know whether to laugh or cry."
--The Guardian

"[The Heart Goes Last] opens with an evocation of sub-prime poverty so hopeless, so crushing, and yet so engrossing that within 10 pages you don't know whether to weep or applaud ... You never lose the eerie feeling that each feature of this world could rematerialise in our own. It's what makes her fiction the opposite of the escapism of the geek genres. It's the lack of an escape route that shapes the predicaments of Atwood's characters. That and an imagination without equal."
--London Evening Standard

"Ever-inventive, astutely observant, and drolly ironic, Atwood unfurls a riotous plot of corporate rule, erotic mayhem, sexbots, brain-washing, murder, and Elvis and Marilyn impersonators. Her bristling characters range from right-on caricatures to unpredictably complicated individuals, especially the unnerving Charmaine. Atwood's ribald carnival of crazy deftly examines fear and the temptation to trade the confusion of choice and freedom for security, whatever the cost. 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

From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty works, including fiction, poetry and critical essays, and her books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She has won many literary awards and prizes. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • File size : 650 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 322 pages
  • ASIN : B010PDP9WA
  • Publisher : Virago; 1st edition (4 August 2016)
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
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3.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic novel from the master of the genre - but has she gone too far this time?
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