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When She Woke


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ISBN13: 9781565126299
ISBN10: 1565126297
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Amy Cookson, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Amy Cookson)
Amazing. To call this A Handmaid's Tale meets The Scarlet Letter is accurate, but does not do it justice. I read this book twice this year; it is by far my favorite read of 2012. I appreciate the feminism, the reproductive rights, the world-building, and our protagonist's personal journey. For me, the novel plays on two levels: the larger political/cultural examination of Chroming (dying the skin color of criminals based upon their crime) and reproductive rights, and one woman's awakening to her potential. I suspect it will be one of those novels that speaks to me in a different way each time I read it, like Reading Lolita in Tehran. Remarkable and highly recommended.
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Kathy Chiocca, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Kathy Chiocca)
I didn't know what to expect from this book because I hadn't seen any reviews before I read it. I had heard that the book was a retelling of "A Scarlet Letter" but nothing else.
I really liked the book. I read it in two sittings, something I had not done in a long time. I liked the concept of a dystopian future civilization as the backdrop. And I enjoyed how the author explored the feminist and political themes in the book. I thought her depiction of 'chroming' as punishment for offenses was novel. I also thought her descriptions of what was a crime in her futuristic world was quite provocative. Her examination of religion was without seeming prejudice, leaving a right or wrong assesment up to the reader. I liked that when I finished the book I really was not really sure where the author stood on her topic of morality. I thought she left a few questions unanswered but maybe that is what she intended.
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Jena, August 10, 2012 (view all comments by Jena)
An exciting re-imagining of The Scarlet Letter, set in a dystopian future, and no 20-page ponderings about a rock. I had a hard time putting it down. 4 stars because there were a few places where a scene seemed too contrived.
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dar6x35, January 5, 2012 (view all comments by dar6x35)
I very much enjoyed this. A thought-provoking story reminiscent of Margaret Atwood.
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jerjon.lynn, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by jerjon.lynn)
Read many books in this genre this year, but this one is still on my mind. Can't stop thinking how crazy it would be to see tinted people on the streets. A lot of tough issues touched here, but done well and with a full open spectrum of thought.
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Jordan, Hillary
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When She Woke is a particularly good nod to Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, but even more, it is a fabulous tale of self discovery. When Hannah Payne wakes up with red skin (a punishment as well as an indicator of her crime), it catapults her into a desperate flight for her life. While trying to negotiate her futuristic world, Hannah begins to see herself in two distinct ways: before and after. The slow unraveling of her previously held beliefs and blind assumptions is truly satisfying. When She Woke is a harrowing dystopian adventure as well as a contemplative journey of self-discovery. References to Scarlet Letter are a delicious cherry on top.

"Review" by , "Hillary Jordan channels Nathaniel Hawthorne by way of Margaret Atwood in this fast-paced, dystopian thriller. Unputdownable."
"Review" by , "[A] chilling futuristic novel."
"Review" by , "Jordan manages to open up powerful feminist and political themes without becoming overly preachy — and the parallels with Hawthorne are fun to trace."
"Review" by , "Jordan blends hot-button issues such as separation of church and state, abortion, and criminal justice with an utterly engrossing story, driven by a heroine as layered and magnetic as Hester Prynne herself, and reminiscent, too, of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Absolutely a must-read."
"Review" by , "Christian fundamentalists may shun this novel, but book clubs will devour it, and savvy educators will pair it with Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter. Essential."
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