When She Woke

When She Woke

Large Print - 2012
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In the mid-21st century, a young woman in Texas awakens to a nightmare: her skin has been genetically altered, turned bright red as punishment for the 'crime' of having an abortion. She refuses to name the father, a public figure with whom she had a passionate and forbidden love. Inspired by The Scarlet Letter.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2012, c2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410445063
Branch Call Number: LPF JOR NVD
Characteristics: 521 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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KatG613
Jun 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, which is sort of a modern take on The Scarlett Letter. The dystopian future painted by the author feels realistic, especially with some of the 'alt-right Christians' holding power in the United States of recent months. As a commenter below mentioned, I feel like the first third of the book was the best part, and that the author missed an opportunity to further explore the world she set up. But, in all, it was a good read. Recommended for anyone who is watching the current TV show version of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.

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PearlyBaker
Jun 01, 2017

I really liked this author and she captivated me with this awful world she created in the near future. However the middle turned into a young adult romance adventure complete with obligatory lesbian sex, which was nice, however the end was way too saccharine sweet for this old sailor. I prefer my dystopia to either be the truth which is WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE or at least more realistic where the Christians all die and the lesbians take over and bring peace and harmony to our poisoned prison planet.

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AlexandraJohnson
Dec 16, 2016

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KaiteS_KCMO Oct 14, 2016

One of the most discussable books for book groups. A speedy plot in a thought-provoking setting. Imagine a new system of crime and punishment that allows all members of society to see what crimes have been committed based on skin color. Atwood's Handmaid's Tale meets Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Scary, realistic, literary thriller.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

Interestingly enough, the concept of people being turned different colors based on the crimes they're convicted of is fascinating, but strangely it isn't as much of a big deal as you'd expect.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

In the not-too-distant future, Christian fundamentalists have taken over most of the United States. In this new future criminals are punished by having their skin color altered and being released back into society to attempt to survive in a world that doesn’t want them. Hannah is caught having an abortion and is sentenced to become a red—her crime being murder. Hannah struggles with losing her family, her identity, and her ideology all at once. Though she has lost seemingly everything, Hannah picks up the pieces and embarks on an exciting adventure which challenges everything that she knows. An interesting mix of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a great read for fans of either.

forbesrachel Apr 25, 2015

In this near future, conservative christian America, a person's skin is genetically altered if they commit a crime. The colour denotes the type and it is irrelevant whether the act was accidental or intentional. Hannah's crimson marks her as a murderer, for in this post-pandemic world abortion counts as murder. When She Woke is based on Nathanial Hawthorn's The Scarlet Letter. Jordan does a great job of putting the story in modern light, speaking to current issues like abortion, women's rights, racism, and integration vs separation of religion and state. She expands on the skeleton of the original and its themes of sin and love by packaging it in this dystopia; the situation is a lot more dangerous. Chromes are ostracized, and some zealots even kill them as a righteous act. Thus Hannah and her fellow red Kayla are whisked off by the latest iteration of the Underground Railroad. From the beginning, Hannah is astute and even defiant, believing in God while questioning the status quo; she thinks for herself rather than blindly accepting what others say. Events severely rattle her faith, but like Hawthorn's book, Jordan does this to scrutinize both sides of religion. Hannah's journey is not only physical, but one towards independence and understanding as well. While Hester was incredibly strong, Hannah does something her counterpart never could, she forgives herself.

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kallithdragonna
Feb 14, 2015

This is an amazing book I read it in one sitting, I couldn't stop. Very reminiscent of Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, as well as The Scarlet Letter. Although this is so original you won't think of it as similar until you have read it and are looking at it more objectively. I recommend it to everyone.

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vfryzek
Oct 15, 2013

The first 3 quarters were great. The last part felt rushed and a little confusing.
Still worth the read.

Vilka Aug 31, 2013

Advertised as a re-imagining of The Scarlet Letter. I HATED the Scarlet Letter with a passion; I devoured this book in 3 days. In the very near and familiar future USA, most criminals are not locked up--they are free within the community, but their skin is dyed a bright colour that corresponds with the category of their crime, so any stranger who sees them knows what they did. On top of that, any member of the public can find and track their physical location using internet or mobile apps. A VERY interesting look at the implications of such a system of public shaming; it takes on elements of suspense when the protagonist, a sheltered good-girl named Hannah, is dyed red--for murder--after aborting a child conceived out of wedlock with a man she refuses to name. The story starts right away, no lag, and though I don't agree with a couple of things Hannah does near the end (why would the author do that?), I still haven't had a read this enjoyable in a long time (gonna nag people to read it!).

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