When She Woke is set in the future and chroming is a set punishment for a variety of crimes. Depending on the crime, a person will be chromed a distinct color that fits their individual crime. Crimes are assigned a color, red is for murder and when Hannah Payne aborts her child her skin is tinted red.
Abortion is murder in this futuristic, puritianical society and Hannah's tinted red skin, lets society know what she did and as a result she is judged and rejected by strangers and family. The chroming or skin tinting will be her punishment for the entire lenght of her sentencing, made longer by her refusal to name the father or abortion doctor.
Hannah is forced into a halfway house and her life begins to shift in an unexpected manner. Things unravel in a very interesting manner.
The character's are strong and the story starts off fast paced and exciting but then --- it tapers off and falls short.
If you loved, Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter" and Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale" you will find this book, rather entertaining if you can get past the less than stellar plot.