When She Woke by Hillary Jordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There have been far too many dystopian novels recently, but this one I really enjoyed. The world Ms. Jordan posits is all-too-supposable: Roe v. Wade has been repealed with Sanctity of Life laws taking over(with some help from a syphilis pandemic), and faith-based parties are in power, while advances in genetics and virus control have given us the ability to "chrome" criminals for a period of time. This dying of the skin, and occasional televising of people incarcerated, is supposed to deter criminal activity (unsurprisingly that it doesn't).
Taking The Scarlett Letter and updating it to this future world makes sense. Even though this does remove some of the suspense from the plot, the question of how this world will handle Hannah's sin and her desire to find both freedom and herself makes it an interesting read. I particularly liked the way in which Hannah's certitude of belief changes over time.
ARC provided by publisher.