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The Heart Goes Last
The Heart Goes Last: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary asThe Handmaid's Taleand as richly imagined asThe Blind Assassin.Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation aroundand fast. The Positron Project in the town of Consilience seems to be the answer to their prayers. No one is unemployed and everyone gets a comfortable, clean house to live in . . . for six months out of the year. On alternating months, residents of Consilience must leave their homes and function as inmates in the Positron prison system. Once their month of service in the prison is completed, they can return to their "civilian" homes. At first, this doesn't seem like too much of a sacrifice to make in order to have a roof over one's head and food to eat. But when Charmaine becomes romantically involved with the man who lives in their house during the months when she and Stan are in the prison, a series of troubling events unfolds, putting Stan's life in danger. With each passing day, Positron looks less like a prayer answered and more like a chilling prophecy fulfilled.From the Hardcover edition.
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Meaw_catlady
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Jemmygem
Heart Goes Last | Margaret Atwood
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So this was my first Atwood book and I can‘t believe I hadn‘t read any of her books. To be honest I alway thought she wrote scary stuff like Steven king I‘m a wimp. So I was told this is a must read and not scary. Well they were right and I love her books now. I think this was a fantastic one to get started on.

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Soubhiville
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This book is a wild ride! A couple looses everything when the economy tanks badly, and they are living in their car. They hear about a community that is self sufficient, where residents take turns, a month at a time, living in a jail and serving the community, then enjoying a month in the community, like a suburban dream. Then things get crazy.

I loved all the bizarre twists, the mind control and manipulation. Definitely 👍👍.

#AuthorAMonth

Cathythoughts I really liked it when I read it .... ♥️👍🏻 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Ooh, this one looks really good!! 3mo
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huntersmom1977
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Pickpick

I can not get enough of Margaret Atwood ❤️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Meaw_catlady
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Pickpick

As expected I enjoyed this Atwood audiobook! I was gonna read the hard copy but I‘m glad I went with the audio. I enjoyed that the way it switched from the male reader to the female reader. I enjoyed the way Atwood showed two sides of the story with through the differing perspectives of Stan and Charmaine. This book is dark, kinky, intriguing. A great story with great characters!

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Bry
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The library at the college I work at is getting rid of most of their fiction collection 😟, so we were all free to take any books we wanted 🙂. I was tempted to just pull my car up to the door and open my trunk...but I limited myself to what I could fit in a small box. #24in48 #hour12 #bookshelfie

rather_be_reading 😂😂 9mo
rather_be_reading that was real self control! 9mo
Bry @rather_be_reading It helps that I moved to a new place a couple months ago and had just been complaining about how much stuff I had. Books don‘t count as “stuff” though, right? 😁 9mo
mdhughes72 Hopefully it isn‘t one of the colleges that‘s closing! 9mo
Bry @mdhughes72 No, all is good on that front! 9mo
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Vicki_Call
Panpan

This book had so much potential but fell short. The characters were shallow and all the sex just didn‘t fit into the story. Big disappointment.

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ForeverReading
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Starting this today. Trying to add a quick read before I start ToG! Anyone ever read this. What did you think? My mom passed his on on to me.

MaleficentBookDragon Welcome to Litsy! 📚 💚 11mo
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Mamashep
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Had no idea what this was about when I downloaded it. You‘d think I might have guessed it‘d be dystopian, given the author. Interesting idea; not sure how I feel about it, though.

shawncapito I'm reading it now and I'm not sure how I feel about it either. There are definitely some funny parts in it, but I can't tell if they're intentionally funny. 9mo
Mamashep @shawncapito right? I mean, I assume so but it kind of runs the gamut so it ends up being odd. 9mo
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MissSarahLou
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A rainy evening with Margaret Atwood. I'm not complaining. 🌧

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ViaggiatricePigra
Per ultimo il cuore | Margaret Atwood
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Mehso-so

Un grande NI.
Originale, ben scritto, piuttosto scorrevole,...eppure dispersivo nelle tematiche.
Dopo metà libro in particolar modo la storia amplia i temi trattati, mettendo "troppa carne al fuoco".

Ve ne parlo sul Blog ?
https://viaggiatricepigra.blogspot.com/2018/08/opinione-per-ultimo-il-cuore-di.h...

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ViaggiatricePigra
Per ultimo il cuore | Margaret Atwood
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Ho chiuso questo romanzo poco fa e non so come giudicarlo 🤔
Probabilmente mi ero fatta troppi pregiudizi, immaginando una storia....diversa.
Non è un brutto libro, però mette insieme tantissimi argomenti che confondono un poco il lettore, sopratutto dopo metà romanzo, quando tutto inizia a prendere vita cambiando rotta. Forse troppi argomenti spinosi su cui riflettere, ma sempre al centro di tutto la libertà individuale.

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Lcsmcat
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Two from Margaret Atwood that feature #jail prominently in the plot. #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Valink
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#JB mail in this week and some cards ready to go out. Replies to these will be written soon! Thank you @Theshadedbuffalo @JoScho @CoffeeNBooks and thank you @CareBear for the book!! It‘s going to the top of the stack!

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 1y
Kaye 💖 1y
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coxy
Pickpick

This was intriguing and made me want to read more of her books. Original story and darkly funny. The ending was odd though.

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hwheaties
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Pickpick

GAH ATWOOD AND HER ENDINGS!!!!

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hwheaties
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Current fiction read!!

BookBabe I read this! Interesting book. 😉 1y
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Tashreads
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16| #Readingresolutions

My TBR Margaret Atwood that features a #bookheart. It has not received great reviews. What did you think? (The Sky is Everywhere thrown in for good measure 😆) Have a great weekend!

CoffeeNBooks It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't my favorite of hers. 1y
Alternative_Mr_Men I started the audiobook and got a bit fed up, but I‘m really fussy with audiobooks. It just felt like it was taking a long time to get going. I might try it in print. 1y
Lcsmcat I liked it, and that‘s an interesting cover. Mine is quite different. 1y
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Tashreads @CoffeeNBooks @Alternative_Mr_Men yes, I‘ve heard it‘s not her best. But I‘d read a telephone directory if Margaret Atwood wrote it 😆 1y
Tashreads @Lcsmcat I love seeing the different covers around the world 🌎 1y
Zelma I liked the concept and first half of the book but then felt like it went off the rails a bit in the latter half. It didn‘t work for me overall. 1y
Cathythoughts It‘s not her best , I. Agree. But it‘s a very good “ easy” read. 👍🏻❤️ 1y
CoffeeNBooks @Tashreads Agreed! 🤣 1y
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LeanneAslin
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I was only there for 1 night, but I really enjoyed my first time at #HayFestival. I got to see Margaret Atwood in conversation and it was wonderful.

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Jas16
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In a month where two package sent to me have gone missing (presumed stolen) this amazing package was an even sweeter surprise. Thank you so much @Foragingfantasy for such a delightful box filled with treasures. You are such a wonderful friend. I love it all.

emilyhaldi ❤️ 1y
Foragingfantasy Yay!! I‘m so glad it made it safely. 😍 1y
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balrogboogie
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Pickpick

another great story by Margaret Atwood!

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balrogboogie
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about halfway through this and LOVING it so far!

(photo: NPR)

RaimeyGallant Nice shot. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! New book friends are the best! We hope you‘re loving it here! Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. 1y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
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Jess7 Welcome! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎉🎊🎈 1y
balrogboogie @Jess7 thanks! 1y
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Wilkie
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The Heart Goes Last. The coffee comes first

Soubhiville Are you enjoying this? I just picked up a copy at my library booksale. 2y
Wilkie @Soubhiville so far so good. It is very ‘Atwoody‘. She definitely has a recognisable writing style, which I like. 2y
Bambolina_81 I enjoyed this one but read it as a collection of shorts on kindle. Love her style. 2y
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Bertha_Mason

My girlfriend and I keep looking at each other and saying, "What did that make him? A chicken pimp" and falling off the bed laughing.

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Bertha_Mason

"What did that make him? A chicken pimp."

The line where I bailed. It is appalling that Margie Atwood was willing to WRITE *THAT* SENTENCE before she was willing to address the actual problems with the prison system. Which are the central premise of the book. And which are not even remotely to do with "hurrr, there's criminals in there!" Margie's fucking dead to me. She hasn't learned a damn thing. She can eat shit.

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Bertha_Mason
Bailedbailed

I was sold a "novel of ideas" about capitalism, technocracy, authoritarianism, and the prison-industrial complex, with a romantic subplot. What I got after the setup chapters was a boring, purple, hetero softcore pornomance, with facile "the 50s were SO boring for white people" handwringing and classist, racist, ableist grandstanding (on the text's part) about inmates under the current system. I cut my losses. So much for incisive social analysis.

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Bertha_Mason
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I started listening to this tonight. It's got me looking forward to driving to campus tomorrow. ^_^

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KaatjeH
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Pickpick

Finished this one yesterday. As always I liked reading this Atwood. I enjoyed the writing. And, as always, the story was a bit 'strange' (in a good way).
⭐️⭐️⭐️

#catsoflitsy
#morbidelli

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DebbieVincent
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A fast paced, tongue in cheek dystopian and thoroughly comedic easy read. Showcases human failings. A must for misanthropic beings. Even without social networking where sharing minutiae further fuels vanity, we are all still destined for hell and the destruction of planet earth.
Stan and Charmaine, a pair of losers.
#theheartgoeslast
#margaretatwood

DebinHawaii It's always nice to see another Deb or Debbie on here. 😆Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
DebinHawaii And I love your profile tag line too! 🤣 2y
DebbieVincent Hello Deb, I'm still learning how to use this app. Thank you for the warm welcome. 🎉📚📚📚📚🕯 2y
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Cathythoughts
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#MarchIntoOz #ChemicalHeart I read this last summer & it was a good easy read. Not my favorite Atwood though. Dystopian tale.

youneverarrived This is on my tbr 😊 I love Atwood and I‘ll read anything she writes but I do find her books can be hit and miss. 2y
Cathythoughts I loved Blind Assassin. But this one is good & a real easy read , which is nice. @youneverarrived (edited) 2y
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ladygrey
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New read w/ the company of Aggie, as always 😊

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hes7
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Thanks for the fun package, @JenP! 😍 #BookMail

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ShelbyBowman
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My Library is on point at the moment and I'm super excited to start my 2nd ever Margaret Atwood novel as soon as I finish Hex 👌

#bookhaul #library #librarybook #librarybooks #margaretatwood #handmaidstale #experiment #socialexperiment #dystopian ? #hardback #femaleauthor #beautifulcover #TBR

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Pickpick

Hmmmm...I'm not sure what to say about this one.

Its a dystopian type novel with a kind of black humor twist.
Newly married, Stan and Charmaine think they are being given the perfect solution to their problems! A way out of their sadly destitute situation. Things are not what they seem, and they are actually being used for unfathomable reasons.

"You want your decisions taken away from you so you won‘t be responsible for your own actions?"

Jaimelire I liked it. It‘s just so weird. Different. 2y
jbhops It was so weird! 2y
JenFowler Very! Maybe a little on the depressing side? 2y
ChasingOm Loved this on audio. 2y
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Jschultzems
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Pickpick

Disclaimer - Listened to the audiobook. This was an interesting plot with just enough twists to make it interesting. There were times the details or sidetrack thoughts were distracting but overall, a good read. Oddly, the plot is only slightly unbelievable - the world isn‘t far from his sort of scheme.

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JackieSmith
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So excited that my #cupidgoespostal package arrived from Polska! I‘m spoiled beyond belief: several books from my TBR, bookmarks, pencils, sweet treats, & a book bag from Krakow‘s English bookstore. Dziekuje bardzo @CaroPi !!!

MrBook Oooh! 😁 2y
LeahBergen Those bookmarks!! 😍😍😍 2y
CaroPi I am so glad Is finally there. Now I can open my box!!! 2y
Avanders Yay!! 💖💋🌸 2y
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Beachesnbooks
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Hearts for #riotgrams ❤️

Amabear Have you read these? Which was your favorite? 2y
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic! 2y
Beachesnbooks @Amabear I've only read 2 😳 Every Heart a Doorway and The Heart Goes Last. Of the two I preferred Doorway. The others are high on my tbr list! 2y
Amabear @Beachesnbooks they all look great!! 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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Literally the only books I have with #hearts. I don't typically read romance, so it limits my options a bit.

#Riotgrams

higgysmalls The Heart Goes Last is such a good one. 2y
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Wilkie
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Not a very romantic choice for Valentine‘s Day, but it fulfills the requirement for a heart #hearts #riotgrams

Jess7 Pretty!! 2y
Wilkie @Jess7 thanks! 2y
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BiblioTori

I just finished reading this about a week ago, and it was so good. More for the people who are not faint hearted. It‘s a different sort of dystopian setting than her older books, but it‘s the best book I‘ve read in a loooooong time.

shendrix413 Ooooohhhhhhh I have had this book on my TBR for a while, you've convinced me to move it up the stack! 2y
BiblioTori I‘m glad! It is some pretty strong/weird material, and it isn‘t set up in traditional chapters, but it‘s fantastic! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 2y
JennAndrew I really enjoyed this one. I love Atwood and this book was exactly the kind of thing I want from her. Unsettling and a bit too familiar. I think she‘s a bit of a literary forerunner to Black Mirror in that sense. I‘m currently reading Oryx & Crake and it definitely has that feel. 2y
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Mehso-so

I really like Margaret Atwood, but this book was a little over the top strange and confusing. It was an interesting concept, but i got bored a lot and had a hard time finding the point of the book.

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heatherkaz
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Pickpick

In true Atwood fashion here's our dystopian future, but imagine what this looks like when society is obsessed with sex.... Sexbots, brainwashed love slaves, and the like.

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shendrix413
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Book haul!! Received my giveaway package from @dariazeoli and textbooks for the upcoming semester as well as a Margaret Atwood book to round it out! Not pictured: #MugLove stuff and #mybloodyvalentine stuff for my matches! 😁❤️❤️ hubby was like, ummm, there's like 10 packages here for you today, wth did you buy?!

dariazeoli Wow! That was incredibly fast! 2y
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Moonpa
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Just started - very interesting.

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hes7
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Went out in the snow for a quick used-book shopping spree with my parents today, since some 2018 #Changes have me planning a book-buying ban, and I'm feeling #Grateful for good deals and great stories to look forward to reading next year.

#DecDays #JingleShelves

LA_Mead Wow! Great book haul! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ooooo! Grantchester!! 2y
bookloo 😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cinfhen Niiiiice💙💚💙 2y
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heatherkaz
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Current situation... #MeTime
#dogsoflitsy

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Goombagirl
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Hers and hers reading material. This is a pretty accurate representation of us.

#hersandhers #fiction #nonfiction #alwayslearning #carrots

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Lcsmcat
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1. The Little Prince by St. Exupery
2. Nine Horses by Billy Collins
3. The Green Knight by Iris Murdoch
4. Let‘s Pretend This Never Happened by Lawson
5. Persuasion by Austen
6. The Heart Goes Last by Atwood
#playingfavorites @Liberty

GondorGirl Oooo! Good choice for off-planet! 2y
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TheBookAddict
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I am looking forward to reading these 3, but the one I can‘t wait to get started on is The Heart Goes Last. It just seems quite interesting and I don‘t think you can go wrong with something written by Atwood. We shall see!
#GIVEAWAYSIX

riversong153 I‘ve read the two on the bottom, I loved them!! 2y
TheBookAddict @riversong153 awesome! Makes me feel better about my choices. I hope to enjoy them as well. 🙂 2y
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Pickpick

Ok so I'm going to try and get myself up to date with reviews starting with this one. I'm a huge Margaret Atwood fan. I love her writing and the way she takes an element of today's society and pushes it. And this book did not disappoint.