Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

When Hannah Payne wakes up, she is Red.  In a not-too-distant future United States where church and state are no longer separate, convicted felons are no longer incarcerated, but melachromed - injected with a virus that color-codes their skin depending on their crime - and then set free to live in a society that hates and fears them.  Hannah has been convicted of murder.  Her victim?  Her unborn child.  Hannah's refusal to reveal the father - United States Secretary of Faith, and married man, Aiden Dale - is an act of fierce love and devotion and results in an unusually harsh sentence of 16 years as a Chrome.  A dystopian retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a heart-wrenching tale that unflinchingly explores faith, spirituality, love and the deepest reserves of human strength, kindness, and compassion.