The Heart Goes Last is no exception.
Set in a near semi-dystopian future, it starts out calmly, with a couple living in their car. It's almost pedestrian in the way the tale unfolds. But like all of Atwood's works, you get hooked into the lives of the characters quickly.
A handful pages later, there is no way to put this book down.
The Heart Goes Last critiques how we deal with problems - personal and cultural - in society, today and maybe tomorrow. If there is a tomorrow.
And like most Atwood tomes, the good people and the bad people shift roles back and forth, sometimes several times. It's not hard to follow, or swallow. But when the shifts come, they are unexpected.
The novel takes a dim view of our computerized lives, how easily we can be manipulated by authority, and how in the end, most people opt for safety and security over freedom.
Really, his name is Ed. Not grand wizard, just plain old Ed.
The Heart Goes Last is a good read, fast-paced, and offers lots of interesting life lessons/observations and cultural critiques.
It's on the new book shelf at the Watkins Glen Public Library.