Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!
Hillary Jordan takes us to a time where abortion is again, illegal. This is the very near distant future. This could be our future. Instead of filling up prisons with people, people are made to be outcasts and second class citizens by dyeing their skin.
Hannah wakes up to find that her skin is now red. She looks horrific and she is embarrassed and confused. She was impregnated by a very popular preacher, but the tragic part is he was married. She is deeply in love with the preacher and does not want to give his name. Because she refused to name him, she received the punishment. She was under questions because Hannah decided to get an abortion which are, in Jordan's futuristic book, entirely illegal. She is forced to serve a brief prison sentence and go into a half-way home for women of different colours. The colours are indicative of their crime. Red people killed- and murder includes the murder of an unborn child. Yellow people have stolen something. The list goes on.
An underground group of people who save those who have been unjustly accused of these crimes and left to live as outcasts eventually saves Hannah, but she must cut all times with the people she's cared about for her entire life.
Throughout her journey, Hannah makes some serious self discoveries which she probably would not have if this hadn't happened. She realizes that the situation she was in was not a good one for her psyche. She sees things from a different perspective. She is shunned by her family and even her sister's husband, who makes it a habit to kill the coloured criminals. She finds that her lifestyle when 'normal' wasn't all it was cracked up to be, and she discovers herself and revels in how strong she is. Her skin and her circumstances empower her.
The book can be compared to the Scarlet Letter because the heroine's colour eventually defines her as a stronger person, just as the scarlet letter also eventually defined Esther not as an outcast, but as a badge of honour. Also comparable to The Scarlet Letter, the baby by the clergyman is another similarity. I thought the book was done well and I found it very interesting. I had a hard time putting it down, as it made me think of so many current political problems and hot topics that are going on in the world right now.
The narration was extremely well done. I enjoyed listening to the reader at the speed of 1.5 throughout the book. I loved the fade in music for each chapter.
It's an easy read, sort of like a Young Adult book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, thought provoking read. 4 Stars
***This review is mine and is also published on www.audible.com
I'd read some reviews that were unfavorable about this book and they didn't hold true. Every minute of this book was captivating. Sometimes it takes me a while to get sucked into a book. This book had me from the start. If your open minded this book is easy read. If your ultra religious this book will offend you as it will challenge you too see things another way, to have compassion for mankind instead of only hold fast to rigid, unbending rules. This book is about love and acceptance.
This was a fantastic listen. Story was gripping and narration was superb. I would love a sequel to tie up the loose ends.
Everything was laid out in the open finally, there are decent people out there willing to give you a second chance.
Okay so she got away, now Hannah needs to learn from your past mistakes and make better choices.
Really!!!! Hannah knew what she was getting into when decided to sleep with this married man. How foolish was she not to protect herself from getting pregnant and or contracting a disease. You have to look out for number one (yourself). This book took things to the extreme. Hannah made mistakes that a child not a full grown woman makes. She had her eyes wide open.
Aiden's wife is the really victim here. He gave her a disease which led to her infertility and he breaks their marriage vows. Yeah he's the type of guy I want my child to bring home to met me....Not!!! I don't agree with the treatment she received by the halfway house, her mother and brother-in-law. No one should be treated badly for making a mistake, non of us are perfect and we all fall far from grace.
LOVE and compassion is the greatest medicine we all need in our lives.
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
It really makes you think about they way some want politics and laws to change and how they would really effect society.
When Hanna was made to recount her ordeal in the parlor.
She could speak up during internal dialogue. I had to keep changing the volume. This is an audio book for goodness sakes.
Simone, she is fascinating.
There is definitely room for a sequel here, a way for Hanna to make things right, working with the Novemberists. Aiden could also be a part of that, since he is against chroming.
No. The initial idea is great and the first half of the book opens up a lot of possible story lines. Most aren't pursued, unfortunately.
In the second half of the book the author switches to lots of interior monologues full of psycho-babble revelations that are trite. It was a big come-down from the first half of the book where readers were allowed to make their own conclusions about characters based on their words and actions. In the second half of the book I felt as if the author lost faith that the reader was smart enough to think for herself.
I finished this book disappointed that so many interesting story lines stopped midway and angry that I had wasted my time on this book. This book can't hold a candle to The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
The narrator did a great job of changing her voice so that each character had a distinctive sound.
I like that this story is set in the distant future and that the author did not see it necessary to put everyone in silver suits driving flying cars. I can see how America could revert back to very stringent religious views and mannerisms in response to an epidemic. The author's choice of "chroming" was imaginative and I applaud this unexpected element of the story.
I had a real sense of each character, as well as some insight to his/her personality.
In addition to the main character, Aiden was a complex character and I enjoyed reading about him.
This is a really good story with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. At one point, I did find myself thinking "what else could possibly happen to this girl" because the story veered off in a direction that I don't think the character actually would have. However, I also understand the author's desire to add more depth and complexity to the character's story to show just how much one person can change based on their circumstances.
I can honestly see our judicial system adopting the scenario that is unfolded in this novel. But more poignant is the character building and revealing that Hilary Jordan is capable of.
The story was well thought out and revealed in a way that didn't make a book set in the future sound like science fiction.
She is perfect for the book. She was kind of mousy....but not in a bad way. Hannah was strong but quiet. I thought Heather played it perfectly!!
Yes, I think so.
I would have liked to see her get spunky a little earlier in the story.
I'm not sure, but I enjoyed listening to her. She has a pleasant voice.
Yes, when she made the doll for her baby.