When She Woke - Hillary Jordan
A good dystopian novel is also a cautionary tale. Imagine a not-so-distant future marred by environmental disaster. The country is run by religious extremists. Due to prison overcrowding, criminals are branded for their crimes by being injected with a virus that changes the color of their skin. This chilling future, created by Hillary Jordan in When She Woke (Algonquin, $24.95) does not seem so far-fetched. Hannah has been made a “red” after committing the crime of having an abortion. In a society of religious intolerance, her crime makes her both an outcast and a target. As Hannah journeys from good girl to criminal to fugitive, she is forced to reevaluate her life, her faith, and what kind of future she wants for herself.