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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Dec 16, 11

Read from October 13 to 18, 2011

Imagine if your sins were on display for the entire world to see? Hillary Jordan creates a futuristic spin on how society would look if our skin was colored based on the crime we committed. The story follows Hannah Payne who has recently been, “chromed,” and is red because she has committed murder. Hannah knows that this is the cross that she must bear for her crimes, but she has no idea how horrible her life will be now that society knows the sins she has committed.

Hannah was always a good girl and was raised in a very conservative family where it was even frowned up on to wear anything with color or that would draw attention to her natural beauty. The climate of the government also leans towards conservative views and the laws go along with the government views of what is right and wrong in this dystopian society. She has always been a girl that has done the right thing, but she falls in love with a married man who sweeps her off her feet and causes her to make a decision that she will now spend the remainder of her sentence paying for. To protect the future of the prominent man that she has fallen in love with, she must bear the burden alone and is now melachromed for her actions for all the world to see.

When an extremist underground group tries to help Hannah and reverse the chroming that has been done to her, the reader is taken on a thrilling journey as Hannah risks her safety and life for the crime she has committed.

Hillary Jordan could not have picked a book concept further from her fantastic debut, “Mudbound.” This book would lend itself well to book club discussions as it flips every political debate on its head. From abortion to women’s rights to Christianity to punishment for one’s crimes, no political rock is left unturned. While one might not agree with Hannah’s viewpoint or those of the extremist views of the underground group, the concept of chroming is rich with discussion and a true modern day take on, “The Scarlet Letter.”
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Julie Lovisa Let me know what you think of this -- I wasn't thrilled.


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