When She Woke

When She Woke

eBook - 2012
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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
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781616201845
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (369 p.)

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Worth mentioning again. Also, red.

Good choice for book clubs that like literary fic. Dystopian retelling of The Scarlet Letter with genetic punishments.

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TSCPL_Miranda May 21, 2018

It was hard to put this one down! A well written, modern day take on The Scarlet Letter, with a strong, sympathetic main character. Fans of The Handmaid's Tale and Red Clocks will find much to admire in this thought-provoking story.

OPL_MaggieP Apr 13, 2018

Fast paced with influences of "The Handmaid's Tale".

LPL_PolliK Nov 30, 2017

When She Woke is a dystopian riff on The Scarlet Letter, but infinitely more discussable. The concept of turning "criminals" into brightly pigmented reality TV fodder alone is enough to talk about for an entire book club, but the rest of the novel keeps you reading and thinking. Jordan does a fine job of painting a not-to-distant future that seems real enough to give one pause. Superb fiction in the vein of The Handmaid's Tale, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, and Parable of the Sower.

SCL_Tricia Nov 22, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick, thought provoking read. I would recommend this book if you know what you are getting into. I did find it got a bit preachy at times. There is a part in the middle that I did not agree with, I felt it went against so much that the author was saying throughout the rest of the novel. The whole scene just felt wrong, when you get there you will understand.

Nov 05, 2017

A fast-paced, dystopian thriller.

Jun 06, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, which is sort of a modern take on The Scarlett Letter. The dystopian future painted by the author feels realistic, especially with some of the 'alt-right Christians' holding power in the United States of recent months. As a commenter below mentioned, I feel like the first third of the book was the best part, and that the author missed an opportunity to further explore the world she set up. But, in all, it was a good read. Recommended for anyone who is watching the current TV show version of Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.

Jun 01, 2017

I really liked this author and she captivated me with this awful world she created in the near future. However the middle turned into a young adult romance adventure complete with obligatory lesbian sex, which was nice, however the end was way too saccharine sweet for this old sailor. I prefer my dystopia to either be the truth which is WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE or at least more realistic where the Christians all die and the lesbians take over and bring peace and harmony to our poisoned prison planet.

Dec 16, 2016

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KaiteS_KCMO Oct 14, 2016

One of the most discussable books for book groups. A speedy plot in a thought-provoking setting. Imagine a new system of crime and punishment that allows all members of society to see what crimes have been committed based on skin color. Atwood's Handmaid's Tale meets Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. Scary, realistic, literary thriller.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

Interestingly enough, the concept of people being turned different colors based on the crimes they're convicted of is fascinating, but strangely it isn't as much of a big deal as you'd expect.

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