Title: When She Woke
Author: Hillary Jordan
Review: I love Margaret Atwood. The Handmaid’s Tale was the first book of her’s I’ve read, and I’ve been a ridiculous fangirl ever since. I also have a special place in my heart for The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne. I actually really love all of that early-American, semi-Puritan nutty literature, if only because I love turning those stories into soap operas in my head.
I tell you that because those to facts make me the perfect reader for Hillary Jordan’s new book When She Woke, a sort of futuristic mash-up of those two stories where people who commit crimes have their skin dyed to match their crime as a form of punishment/entertainment.
Hannah Payne has been a devoted daughter and member of her church for her entire life. That’s what makes her conviction for murdering her unborn child so unexpected. When Hannah refuses to name the man who got her pregnant, her sentence as a Chrome is extended. When She Woke is the story of how Hannah, a woman stigmatized by society and abandoned by her family, tries to take control of herown life and find a place in a world where faith and love are political tools and crime is entertainment.
Even if I hadn’t been reading When She Woke during the October Read-a-Thon, I’m pretty sure I would have dropped everything to read it straight from cover to cover. This is a remarkably engaging and addicting book that brings together the best parts of the literature that inspired it while setting the story in a world uncomfortably similar to the one we live in now. There’s tension, romance, adventure, and political commentary centered around a protagonist that could be almost anyone.
I can’t say enough good things about this book and highly recommend picking it up.
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