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  •  Yep, like The Handmaid's Tale and like (7+ / 0-)

    When She Woke by Hillary Jordan (published in 2011, I think, and it reminds of certain themes of Atwood's novel and The Scarlet Letter - which is done on purpose of course - but is very on point in that it could've been a prediction of what 2016 would possibly look like if Romney had won. I still get chills just thinking about that book. I really recommend this one if you're into novels, especially now that the Pres has won the election and we can sigh sighs of relief that the crisis has been averted right now . ;)

    •  The Handmaid's Tale was brilliant and chilling (5+ / 0-)

      I thought "When She Woke" was a missed opportunity.  The premise was great - a modern version of "the Scarlet Letter" - but the heroine was so passive, always getting rescued by other people.

      But the idea behind it, yeah - the endless cruel shaming that so warms the hearts of misogynists.

      I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

      by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:09:37 PM PST

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      •  I agree with you. (4+ / 0-)

        I was mostly sucked into the book because of the society she painted, the realism and tangibility of such an all-too-viable environment. That was what made it chilling for me. I wasn't that keen on the attitude of the heroine either (her passivity/blandness could've been a way to symbolize the indoctrination affecting nearly 100% of the female part of her society, maybe?) and she could've been handled much better by Jordan on the "getting rescued" front, true. But I still found When She Woke scary as hell and I'm a "fan" of (fictional) dystopias. I also only heartily recommend it when you've already read The Handmaid's Tale, which is indeed brilliant and should be mandatory reading everywhere.

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