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When She Woke Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“Hillary Jordan channels Nathaniel Hawthorne by way of Margaret Atwood in this fast-paced, dystopian thriller. Unputdownable.” —Valerie Martin, author of The Confessions of Edward Day --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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There are a lot of opinions and views on thorny issues in this book, but it doesn't try to press them onto you, which is a plus. Others have said that it was ambiguous, but I think of that as a strength. It doesn't tell us what do or think. It's up to us to decide our opinion for ourselves, which might not be the easiest task, but protects individuality and freedom of speech. As for morals, I think they're just strongly stated opinions. The best morals are the ones that we take from the book ourselves. Whether you find one or not depends on the individual. The moral I took from this was that with strength of character and faith in yourself, one can take on the world. Which is what the main character did.
One idea that I found interesting, though it was not as obviously stated as abortion, religion, and such, was the effect of other people on the individual psyche. The punishment of chromed skin works by isolating one from the majority, marking one as a pariah. There's no one to talk to, no one to confide in. Strong as Hannah was, she could never had made it without Kayla, her family, and later, members of the resistance. We depend on other people for companionship, to lean on, to remember our existence when we die. To prove that we matter, that our existence isn't all just a dream.
People say that it's a parallel to the Scarlet Letter. Personally, I haven't gotten around to reading that particular classic yet. But I'm pretty sure I would still like this one better. More modern, and chillingly imminent.
I'm not surprised at the four-star review. As always, solid opinions and controversial issues disagree with some. Otherwise, they wouldn't be opinions. Don't read this book if you want to stay exactly as you are, opinions and all, because you're going to come away changed.
It was suspenseful, gripping, inventive, and tackles a whole swarm of issues.
I loved it.
Within a year, this is my third read of this novel; each time, I discover new reactions to each character--featured and secondary. Beautiful, strange yet possible, this is a novel that will grip you in a multitude of depths and leave you hoping that history, as depicted by Jordan, will not repeat itself for it rings the truths of the horrors and wonders of the past results of society's reactions to fear mixed with too many turning a blind-eye. This is a must read.
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