[Review] State of Grace

Monday, June 15, 2015

Title: State of Grace

Author: Hilary Badger

Published:September 1, 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Source: Advanced copy from NetGalley

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Ever since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wren's deity Dot ensures the trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends have everything they could possibly need right there, in Dot's Paradise.

If only Wren could stop the strange, disturbing visions she's started having. Do these visions make her less worthy of Dot's love? And what does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of Dot's creations, know about what's going on in Wren's head?

Wren is desperate to feel Dot's love, just like everyone else. But that's harder than ever when a creation she's never met before arrives in the garden. He claims to be from outside and brings with him words and ideas that make Wren's brain hurt.

Gradually Wren and Blaze uncover the truth: they're part of a clinical trial of an ominous drug called Grace.

And as she deals with this disturbing knowledge, Wren confronts a horrific secret from her past. Now she must decide whether to return to the comforting delusion of faith or fight for the right to face the very ugly truth.
State of Grace is an enjoyable read... if you can get past the poor formatting and the annoying main character. Plus, I think the synopsis gives away too much. It's basically telling you everything that happens in the book. Maybe the poor formatting is due to this being an advanced copy, which is why I did my best to ignore it and push on to read the actual story. It just.... felt like William Shatner wrote it in the way he'd say it.
There's...... someone on the wing...
As for the main character, Wren, she annoyed the crap out of me. Why? Well, she's like, totally, like, one of those people that like, talks in this, like, weird high, and nasally, sing-songy like voice.

I really love the fact that it's a type of Utopia book in a way. The fact that it's like a completely different world drew me in, however, the story is written more like a diary than an actual story, thus taking away the descriptive points of the world, leaving it lacking imaginative visuals. I would have loved to know more about this place. I'm the type of reader who really LOOKS to be drawn in through descriptions that make it easy for me to imagine, ya know?

However, I do have to say that once things progressed, things got interesting. Towards the end, I got a sort of... "Suckerpunch" feel to it, and it really wasn't bad at all. To be honest, I did like the end -- I like how everything tied together and I got the answers I needed that started to rise up. Though I do need to add that before the ending and the epiphany, I kind of knew where the story was leading. It was kind of predictable.

I'm actually rating this a 3 because even though I enjoyed the story, there was nothing gripping. The way the main character was ruined the story, especially because we were inside her head the whole time. I kind of blanked out some of the ways through because she was getting on my nerves. BUT, I'm interested in hearing if Ms. Badger is working on any type of sequel to this book, because I'd like to know more of what happens in the aftermath and if some of my other questions become answered.

This was truly a different and refreshing read. Though it was just "okay" to me, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to take a break from the dystopian genre and to anyone who loved the concept of "Suckerpunch."