Friday Morning Bookclub

February 8, 2012

When She Woke By Hillary Jordan

Filed under: Book Recomendations,When She Woke — susanbright @ 12:41 pm
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Yes, when Hannah Payne woke, she was red. Fire truck red. She was a Chrome. A criminal whose skin color had been genetically altered to match the class of her crime. For 30 days Hannah would remain in a detention center where her life would be an open book. It would be broadcasted live on television beginning with the moment she woke up in her new skin.

Hannah was a Red for the crime of murder. In a world where Roe v. Wade had been repealed and the line between church and state no longer existed abortion was considered murder and Hannah had not only aborted her child, but she had also refused to divulge the identity of the father of her unborn child, a well-respected public figure, whom she loved enough to want to protect him from scandal. Nor would she  identity the name of the kind man who performed the illegal procedure. For this she would get the most severe of sentences.  The prison system as we know it is gone. Hannah would be released back into society and would live the next 16 years of her life as a Chrome.

How else, after the Second Great Depression, to relieve the financially crippled federal and state government of the prohibitive cost of housing millions of prisoners? And why should precious tax dollars be wasted on criminals when honest citizens were going hungry, schools were failing, roads and bridges were crumbling and Los Angeles was still a heap of radioactive rubble? Besides, the old criminal justice system had been a patent and abject failure. The prisons were disintegrating and filled to bursting, the vast majority of their inmates living in conditions so horrific as to be unconstitutional.

When She Woke is being described as a modern-day Scarlett Letter. Like Hester, Hannah is forced to go out into the world and survive the best she can. Where will she go? How will she stay safe? Even her own mother has all but disowned her. When she woke is a thought-provoking, suspenseful and frightening book. You will not be able to put it down.



  1. Great review. Sounds like an interesting read.

    Comment by Janey — February 8, 2012 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Janey and thank you! I have just recently started reading dystopian,science fiction books and they are most entertaining!

    Comment by Susanbright — February 9, 2012 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

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