When She Woke
Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for... show more
Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. She finds herself lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes--criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime--is a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for the crime of murder. The victim, says the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love.A powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke is a timely fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of the 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 and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a journey of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith and love.
Publish date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Algonquin Books
Pages no: 344
Edition language: English
38. WHEN SHE WOKE, BY HILLARY JORDANThis book was recommended to me as a “very enjoyable feminist book”. It was enjoyable, and feminist too, but it was not without its issues. It’s quite reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, as many people who have reviewed this book have pointed out, but very naive i...
A dystopian future retelling of The Scarlet Letter, When She Woke had me hooked from the start. Hannah Payne has been "chromed"—or colored—red for her crime: abortion. This dystopian world is one in which religion has undergone a resurgence, and it now dominates politics in the United States. Those ...
Eine Sache muss ich unbedingt als Erstes ansprechen: die Übersetzung. Die Übersetzung ist grauenhaft - sinnverfälschend und manchmal sogar unfreiwillig komisch. Wenn Toiletten erröten und Hände aussehen wie Seesterne aus einer anderen Welt, dann ist etwas mächtig schiefgelaufen... Ich kann nur ganz ...
I should note that I love both Handmaid’s Tale and The Scarlet Letter. I LOVE them. It is telling that in her acknowledgements/thanks section at the end of the novel, Jordan does not mention The Scarlet Letter or the Handmaid’s Tale, both of which influenced this book. To be fair...