Monday, December 19, 2011

when she woke by hillary jordan

A Scarlet Letter reimagined in the not-so-distant future, WSW takes on separation of church and state, women's reproductive rights, and criminal justice without ever feeling preachy or forced. After Hannah Payne is convicted of murder for terminating an unwanted pregnancy, she literally wakes up red. Her jail time is televised; watching incarcerated 'chromes,' or convicted criminals (colored according to the nature of their crime), is a popular national entertainment. When Hannah is released, her nightmare begins as she struggles to balance her need for justice with her love for her family and her faith. An excellent choice for units discussing the individual versus society and social injustice, WSW will have special appeal for older teens. A remarkably different story than Mudbound, Jordan's equally successful debut novel. Grade 9+