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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Dec 21, 2016

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bookshelves: ya, 2011, dystopia
Read from November 06 to 11, 2011

When She Woke is in essence a modern version of The Scarlet Letter, but instead of the letter A, her skin is turned bright red. The book is set in the not so distant future, where religion is in control, and everyone is a religious fanatic; that’s right, its set in Texas. Imagine a world where the Westboro church is in charge and you pretty much have an idea of this dystopian society. This is a rather good modernisation of the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne story; it has taken all the key elements from The Scarlet Letter and added to this book. It tackles Religion, Rape, Murder and mainly Abortion and the effects it has on the woman and the people around her. This isn’t really a pro-choice or pro-life book, but instead it tries to explore both angles without trying to force you to pick a side. I had some issues with the story but all in all it was rather good.
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message 1: by Melki (new) - added it

Melki I love the line, "that's right, it's set in Texas".

message 2: by Michael (last edited Nov 11, 2011 02:06AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Michael That's the state I think of when I think of crazy religious nuts with insane punishments

message 3: by Melki (new) - added it

Melki I'm sorry to say that could be MANY places in the US.

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