When She WokeBook - 2011
Bellwether Prize winner Hillary Jordan's provocative new novel, 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.
From Library Staff
Being stigmatized for how you look is nothing new, but a whole new level is reached in this futuristic look at crime and punishment. In this world, people’s offenses are literally imprinted on their skin. The main character’s skin has been colored red so that everyone who sees her will know she’s... Read More »
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.
johnsonkjcl Dec 30, 2011
Meeting date: June 26, 2012
LibraryK8 Nov 28, 2011
Based on The Scarlet Letter.
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