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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Dec 06, 11

bookshelves: dystopian
Read from December 02 to 04, 2011

My 3-stars usually mean OK: not bad but not great either. Yes it was a marginally apparent retelling of the The Scarlet Letter and I love retellings but this didn't blow me away as an outstandingly clever take on an old theme. I think religion-based dystopias are the scariest kind so all the religious intolerance, hypocrisy and religion-driven violence in this novel really creeped me out. I hate to say that I feel the US is not so slowly turning in this direction. We really need to get religion of all stripes OUT of government or I can see a real dystopia on our horizon. Maybe the most that this book did was make me angry.

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