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This is a perfect book. At first, I had some quibbles here and there, but then I realized: this is the perfect book. Suspenseful, healthy element of science-fiction dystopia, coming of age, futuristic, and even a little amount of romance. The author has created a world that looks like ours, in the near future, but where criminals are injected in order to "melachrome" them. So felon's skin appears red, petty criminals are blue (if I recall correctly), others yellow and so on. Our heroine audaciou ...more
Set in the futuristic America (primarily Texas) - When She Woke tells the story of Hannah. A woman found guilty of the crime of murder, the only thing, her victim was her unborn child. In a country, where Roe vs. Wade has been overturned and abortion is now a crime. A country, where individuals found guilty of crimes have their skin color genetically altered to suit the color of their crime, in Hannah's case, she is now a red.

I'll admit to being on a bit of a dystopia kick recently and When She
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
Okay... now I understand what so many others have said about how this started out strong, only to fizzle out in the last 80 pages or so. I held out hope for the ending but too much happened in the span of about 80 pages and none of it felt natural with the rest of the story, plus some questions remain unanswered for me and I feel like Hannah didn't actually grow and change at a natural pace. I am disappointed at the abrupt ending, along with Hannah's trip to Virginia and what happened there. As ...more
Hillary Jordan in When She Woke has certainly done The Scarlett Letter theme proud. As color is used in the Nathaniel Hawthorne tale to denote sin and wrongdoing, so color is used in Jordan's tale, but the color labeling is extended in the latter's story, using red, yellow, blue, and green. In this dystopian novel, the future is controlled by fundamentalist Christians who use "melachroming" to mark criminals/sinners according to their crime/sin in lieu of sending all but a small number to prison ...more
Interesting update to the Scarlet letter with reality TV and abortion politics thrown into the mix.
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