When She Woke

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011).

People will definitely be talking about this novel, which describes a dystopia similar to those in Margaret Atwood’s books. In an even more conservative near-future United States, the skin of convicted criminals is injected with bright red, blue, green, or yellow permanent dye depending on their crime. It solves the prison overcrowding problem – your punishment is wandering the streets with no job, no home, and no protection from your fellow citizens, who know exactly what you did. Having an abortion, which was the main character’s crime, carries a sentence of 16 years. The story of her harrowing journey to freedom will stay with you for a long time.

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