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In a not-so-distant future, criminals are not imprisoned but their skin genetically altered to show their crimes. Hannah is a Red for murdering her unborn child. The child is the result of an illicit affair with a married man. This is a "Brave New" take on the Scarlet Letter.— From Miranda's Picks
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.