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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Oct 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: modern-fiction
Read from October 06 to 10, 2012

This was almost perfect. The frightening dystopian premise, the realistic extrapolation of religious extremism, the difficulty of being an autonomous female in a world of cruelty and control, the pitch-perfect retelling of The Scarlet Letter - I loved all of it. My only quibble was the lesbian sub-plot detour felt forced, and I think the whole story would have worked just perfectly without it. But I loved this, and I'll be referencing it in any and every discussion of The Scarlet Letter from now on, I'm sure.

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