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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
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Jan 28, 2012

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The Scarlet Letter as a not-too-distant futuristic thriller is the premise for When She Woke, the second novel by Hillary Jordan. The title refers both to Hannah Payne’s awakening from the procedure which has turned her body red, the mark of a murderer, and her slow awakening to the possibilities of a life where she has choices--if she is able to survive those who want to prostitute her, beat her or hound her to death. Riveting and suspenseful, Hannah’s tale touches on questions of pre-destination, responsibility and blame in a time not too far from our own.

(Nancy E., North Branch )

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