With Margaret Atwood due out with a new novel in September, it seems like a good time to bring out the fabulous Positron serials. Her new novel, entitled The Heart Goes Last, to my understanding is a full rewrite of the first four episodes of the Positron serials and the thrilling conclusion that was never published by the now defunct Byliner Publishing.
Incidentally, the cover to the new book reminds me of Orange is the New Black.
But onto the review of the serials!
I adored the first four installments of this series. Charmaine and Stan are taking part in a social experiment.. oh hell, I’ve never been any good at writing a synopsis, here’s what Goodreads has to say:
Stan understands the Faustian deal he and his wife, Charmaine, have made. In exchange for a house, food, and what the online brochure hails as “A Meaningful Life,” they’ve chosen to become guinea pigs in this new social order. The couple know that to break the rules is dangerous; but, driven by unrelenting boredom and lust, they do it anyway and betray each other and the system.
These four little barely-novellas are delightful and terrifying. Delightful because Atwood is the expert near future dystopia world builder, terrifying because it’s incredibly easy to see that people might agree to this type of set up one day. ‘Positron’ has a bit of a Handmaid’s Tale vibe, which you know made me love it more. I’m not sure that these serials are still available for purchase in eBook format (they were only ever published in eBook format), but if they are, I must highly recommend them.
I’ve not read it yet, but are you psyched about the new Atwood book? Have you read the Positron serials?