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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When She Woke (2011)

by Hillary Jordan

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    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Anonymous user, BeckyJG, bookworm12, sparemethecensor)
    sparemethecensor: The Handmaid's Tale is the classic forerunner to dystopic fiction of sexist futures. When She Woke picks up the mantel with a more modern version of a misogynistic theocracy taking over government. Both show terrifying futures for the state of women in society.… (more)
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    The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: WHEN SHE WOKE is a modern retelling of the classic.
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    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (ellbeecee)
    ellbeecee: Near-future dystopian fiction that makes you consider what's going on and the various paths that could be taken.
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    Archetype by M. D. Waters (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar themes of gender/reproduction in the future.
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    Bumped by Megan McCafferty (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: It's YA, but the fertility issues are similar in both novels.
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    The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar themes of marked criminals/lower elements and female fertility
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    The Misconceiver : A Novel by Lucy Ferriss (bhowell)
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    Christian Nation: A Novel by Frederic C. Rich (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar theme of a post-evangelical government takeover and its ramifications on civil liberties

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Reminded me in some ways of The Handmaids Tale. I would be interested in a sequel! ( )
  Verkruissen | Jul 8, 2017 |
Review: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. 05/12/2017

An amazing story set in the near future. The story was well written and I enjoyed the creative characters. The author’s writing style is descriptive and poignant. The story was filled with emotional strength, faith, and hardship amidst issues as abortion, rights, friendship, loyalty, and freedom. I liked the story because it has opinions, provoking thoughts, messages and the author doesn’t push her opinions on the reader. Every reader has their own opinion on different issues and no one should be judgmental as I read in a few other reviews. The morals taken from this story is the ones we take from the story ourselves. In this story the main character has great strength and takes on the world and did not allow her life circumstances dictate the rest of her life.

Hannah was a women who made her choice to have an abortion. Her secret was known and she was brought up on charges of murder and imprisoned because she would not name the father or the doctor who perform the abortion. At this time the justice system wasn’t the same as it is now. Hannah was sent to a prison that isolated her from everyone and they put her through a treatment called chroming ,which genetically alters prisoners skin color to fit the crime. For committing murder Hannah’s skin color was red. Once she was able to communicate with other prisoners she befriended Kayla who also had red skin. Within a month they were released back into society to survive the best way they could. Kayla left the day before Hannah but they had plans to get together on the outside.

Once released Hannah struggled to find Kayla but when they finally got together as strong as Hannah was, she needed Kayla because she had no family to go back too. They depended on each other for companionship and reminding each other their existence mattered and they needed to find members of the Resistance Group for acceptance and survival. Those members would reverse their genetics for normal skin color and freedom would be theirs.

In searching the path to normalcy in a hostile alien world Hannah seeks on a course of self-discovery that forces her to accept the values she once absorbed and the morality she believed gave her faith….. ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 20, 2017 |
When She Woke, tells the story of a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future, where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed?their skin color is genetically altered to match the class of their crimes?and then released back into the population to survive as best they can. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith. (summary from ISBN 1616201932)

This book has an interesting premise, but the pace was slow and I found it hard to care about any of the characters. ( )
  lrobe190 | Dec 29, 2016 |
An arresting premise for a book, and it held my interest until the end. But the writing is hit-and-miss--downright clunky in some spots--and some of Hannah's actions near the end made me so frustrated with her I almost stopped reading. Interesting, worth a look, but Jordan can't quite pull off what Atwood managed with A Handmaid's Tale. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
This book is evocative, provocative, thought provoking and very original. Although this is a riff on The Scarlet Letter, Jordan has put a thoroughly modern spin on an old tale. Highly original and compulsively readable. I am not a fan of dystopian fiction, but I loved this book. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
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These early scenes, in which Hannah wakes up in the Chrome ward where she’s been sentenced to remain for 30 days, are promisingly inventive. ... Lacking the satiric sting of “1984″ and “A Clockwork Orange,” the pathos of “Super Sad True Love Story” and “The Book of Dave,” or the kind of newfangled vocabulary each of these works used to describe their worlds, Jordan’s dystopia turns out to depict a much smaller future than its bold opening chapters, with their clever homage to Hawthorne, had so valiantly attempted to guarantee.
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“Truly, friend, and methinks it must gladden your heart, after your troubles and sojourn in the wilderness,” said the townsman, “to find yourself, at length, in a land where iniquity is searched out, and punished in the sight of rulers and people.”  —NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Scarlet Letter
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Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood.

In Hannah's America, sometime in the future, faith, love, and sexuality have fallen prey to politics. Convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but "chromed", forced to appear in a new and sinister form of reality TV, and released back into the population. Stigmatized in a hostile world, they must survive the best they can.

Until her arrest, Hannah had devoted her life to church and family. In seeking a path to safety, she is forced to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes the personal.

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In the future, abortion has become a crime as a series of events threatens the existence of the United States. One woman wakes up to discover that her skin color has been changed to red as punishment for having the procedure done. Now she must embark on a dangerous journey in order to find refuge from a hostile and threatening society.… (more)

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