Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. Living in their car, surviving on tips from Charmaine’s job at a dive bar, they’re increasingly vulnerable to roving gangs, and in a rather desperate state. So when they see an advertisement for the Positron Project in the town of Consilience – a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own – they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell.
If I’m being honest, other than the Handmaid’s Tale, I find Attwood’s books difficult to read quickly. I feel like the subject matter means that they can’t be devoured like other books. This isn’t even necessarily a bad thing, I just personally like a book that I can sit down and read 200 pages at a time! The story of this book, like all of Attwood’s, was so interesting. The book essentially contained a social experiment. For someone who has no home, this experiment seems ideal. Even though you have to spend every second month in prison, it seems worth it if you have a home for the other month. However, nothing is ever as ideal as it is presented. My issue was that I didn’t necessarily connect with the characters, I didn’t know enough about them. I also found it a bit confusing when they were discussing certain plans throughout the book. I read quite fast and I think I was just missing certain things. However, the story was so interesting and I would definitely recommend it.