In the near-distant future, Stan and Charmaine are living in a world where the economy has crashed, violence and crime are at an all-time high, and there doesn't seem to be a way out. Once upon a time, Stan and Charmaine had decent jobs, a house they could barely afford, and a seemingly happy marriage. When the economy crashed, they lost everything and now live out of their car. One night, while working at a bar, Charmaine sees an advertisement for a life changing opportunity--move to the town of Consilience, where one can live a secure middle-class life. Stan and Charmaine quickly sign on the dotted line and give themselves over to the Positron (the corporation that runs Consilience). While their prayers seem to be answered, they soon learn all is not as it seems.
The Heart Goes Last is classic Atwood, packed full of twists and turns that will make the reader wonder what's better: a world where one can think for themselves and be free or a world in which one is secure, but has no freedom