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State of Grace

State of Grace 1

by Hilary Badger
Publication Date: 01/10/2014
3/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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.
Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)
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    Since Wren’s creation she’s lived in an idyllic garden with her friends, climbing and swimming. her life is perfect. They live according to the ‘books of Dot’ and without deferring from these rules Dot makes sure the world stays perfect. That is until Wren starts getting visions of a different life. She thinks that Dot is testing her commitment and is determined to prove her love and ‘Dotliness’. However, when a mysterious young boy enters their world and her visions and her friend Blaze’ become more frequent they begin to question who Dot is and their creation.

    I had a bit of trouble getting into ‘State of Grace’. The world and concept of ‘Dot’ wasn’t particularly well described but I kept reading it to hopefully find out a bit more.

    I also found the language used was a bit grating, descriptions of being sick are referred to as prehealthy, or angry as precalm.

    The plot did get more interesting as it went on though found myself quite enjoying it towards the end as Badger provided a background about each character and this created world.