Tag Archives: Dystopian

‘The Heart Goes Last’ – Margaret Atwood

London, July 2018

Overview

The one where newlyweds Charmaine and Stan are living in their car, the world as know it, broken. They win places at Positron, a utopia with the promise of comfort and purpose. Positron provides them a home and jobs with the small catch that they live together in the house for a month and the next month, move to the Positron prison where they contribute to the Positron society in roles decided for them. While the couple is in prison, their alternates, Max and Jasmine, move into the house.

Thoughts

This was good fun – light, reeled me in and easy to read. The set-up with the alternating couples was bound to cause complications which abound very early in the novel. Charmaine’s prissiness is something to behold. The Positron jobs given to the characters and decisions that they make brings to the surface that both emotionally and physically, the heart goes last.

‘Day Four’ – Sarah Lotz

Lausanne, April 2016

Overview

The standalone sequel to The Three, this is the one with the cruise ship with the medium aboard. A number of ‘ghost’ incidents that culminated in the ship docking at a dystopian version of reality.

Thoughts

I can’t decide how I felt about this book. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I liked the idea and read it on the strength of Lotz’s first book. It felt like the middle kept setting up but failing to lead to much and then the end, because of this, felt like it came out of nowhere.

‘Player One’ – Douglas Coupland

Aiya Napa, October 2015

Overview

The one where Karen’s en route to her date in the airport hotel. Rich the barman is waiting for the guru, Rachel is searching for a man to impregnate her and Luke, the ex-pastor, is considering his theft when the oil prices spike and the world starts to collapse.

Thoughts

Proper Coupland – interesting, quirky characters, statements that seem true for all time, in its middle or at its end.

‘Station 11’ – Emily St. John Mandel

Lausanne, August 2015

Synopsis

The one where Arthur dies in King Lear and Jevan tries to resuscitate him while a girl called Kirsten cries. Then the majority of civilisation is wiped out by a flu. Follow the stage group to a new town where a prophet is bad. The story works back and forth around a comic entitled ‘Station 11’. The group makes their way to the Museum of Civilisation.

Thoughts

A great story that didn’t beg the reader’s attention to notice the writer. Really interesting use of the comic, Station 11. There are two copies given and the individuals holding them use them to different ends – one sees it as a tool for survival, the other to encourage fundamentalism.