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When She Woke

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

An Incredible Read!!!

Hannah is a grown woman living in a society where crimes are punishable by discoloration of the skin. They are referred to as Chromes, and after being convicted of murdering her unborn child, Hannah wakes up to find herself bright red. She anticipated that her life woul...
Hannah is a grown woman living in a society where crimes are punishable by discoloration of the skin. They are referred to as Chromes, and after being convicted of murdering her unborn child, Hannah wakes up to find herself bright red. She anticipated that her life would change, but she could never have seen just how hard living as a Chrome would become. Enemies can be disguised as friends. Trust is a commodity. But Hannah finds a kindred soul in Kayla, another Red, and together these two women set out through dark times to save themselves and each other.

I tore through this book at breakneck speed. The first chapter left me breathless and there was no turning back from there. Every time I had to put down the book and step away, my mind couldn't stop lingering on Hannah's story and craving more. This novel is a very scary vision of society's future, both dark and eerily plausible. I felt Hannah's struggles keenly, and didn't want to trust the people she met, even when she did. Hillary Jordan fills her characters with heart-breaking dialog and gut-wrenching descriptions. I really liked that everyone had their own personal story of difficult decisions, always lurking just below the surface until spoken out loud. There were a few questions that lingered in my mind, like whatever became of Hannah's sister? But Jordan has made me think about ugly and beautiful things, and I will not soon forget this incredible read.

posted by ChelseaW on September 21, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

19 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

Good Until...

A great read until the author decides to go on several liberal rants. Ugh. Keep your politics to yourself and finish the book...

posted by Kell1429 on October 16, 2011

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    I really wanted to like this one... I really hated it. The extre

    I really wanted to like this one... I really hated it. The extremely liberal views expressed in this book and the attack of traditional values was not in the nature of The Scarlet Letter. While this isn't in the teen section at the library, it is shelved with the teen books at my local B&N and it shouldn't be.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    Nothing special

    Intial it showed promise but that quickly faded for me. It went off on weird tangents & had issues that were left hanging. Author definitely added aspects for "shock value" & some things were just left totally unexplained. Don't waste your precious reading time on this one!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    The concept of the book "the chromes" could have been

    The concept of the book "the chromes" could have been a great book, but as another reviewer wrote just ended up being a book of liberal babble. Girl raised in church, girl has affair with married preacher, girl has abortion, girl painted red, girl won't tell who baby daddy is, girl rebels against her faith because of abortion, blah, blah, blah!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2013

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