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State Of Grace

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  86 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 mak
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Switch Press (first published October 1st 2014)
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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It had some redeeming qualities that made it enjoyable. It was also really predictable, so the excitement factor just wasn't there for me. Let's break it down:

Things I Liked:

The setting was really unique. It's almost like Gone meets creepy religious cult, set in this beautiful locale with a bunch of young people. They spend their time basically lounging around, floating in lagoons, and "hooking up" with each other. Oh, and w
Em Bailey
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those books which required I put everything else on hold so I could give it my undivided attention. I was immediately pulled into the lush, brighter than bright world that Wren inhabits in the opening chapters and literally could not stop reading until I found out was going on. The language is beautiful, creepy and magical. I loved it! As the author is also my sister I was also very proud (if a touch jealous...)
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
State of Grace has broken the mould of what could be considered a new genre in Utopian. Similar to a teen cult, the community believes in a high power that they thank each day for their creation, and for creating the world around them. They follow the Books according to the Messiah and only use positive words of affirmation, which is where I drew comparisons to a cult community. It was eerie, one hundred teens all living in harmony, being promiscuous and l
Cal (Cal's Reading Corner)
Read more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA Reads

Okay so I don't really like reviewing books I didn't enjoy, so here's a brief list of what I thought:

- very similar to the Uglies by Scott Westerfield
- Blaze is so bland
- it's supposed to be a YA fiction, but I really suits a middle grade audience if it weren't for the infantile manner of how they refer to sexy, drugs and other adult themes (lightly touched, you could skip over many of them without realising what the concept was)
Jan 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5. Although it had a great plot twist at the end, the actual ending could've been better. A quick read for anyone wanting something a bit... different.
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on the blog Genie In A Book*

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

These days we're all hearing about the dystopian novels that have been dominating the shelves. Offering something very different, Hilary Badger's YA debut subverts the genre to present a world which seems at first to be utopian in nature until some of its inhabitants begin to question everything they knew. 'State of Grace' is an in
Elly (imaginemorebooks)
*** I received an arc of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.***

When I first started this book I felt completely intrigued. I was confused and captivated into reading more. I had built up a whole story in my head and how I imagined the ending to turn out. However, I was sadly disappointed. I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, but the ending was a bit of a let down. In my mind I created this whole incredibly disturbin
Parneet Sekhon
* Thanks to Netgalley for providing an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. This, however, does not influence my opinions in any way.

The story revolves around a few teenagers that live in a small place known as Dot's Paradise where Dot is God. They have their own holy books of Dot, which are a lot like the Bible and the people have to follow them. But their world is not real—they are actually under the influence of a drug called Grace. Talk about fresh concepts.

A very, very diffe
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
The beginning of this book is a trying thing. If I read the word 'Dot' in any form one more time I was going to scream! Instead of an utterly perfect paradise, I think I would have just gone mad instead haha. Finally though, the story begins to pick up and we find out more about Wren, the main character. We get more information on Dot eventually as well, and it was similar to the ideas I had when I first started. There are a few plot points that are entirely too convenient, but on the whole the ...more
Dichotomy Girl
I found the mystery more interesting than the reveal

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S.E. Anderson
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received an advance copy of this novel through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my Dot this book is good.

Fair warning: this book is very different from what you’ve ever read before, but in the greatest way possible. It’s one of those books that tries to defy definition, definitely already defying labeling (is it utopian? Dystopian? Science Fiction? WHAT IS IT) and still making my mind spin. Think Margret Atwood meets Brave New World, with some Drugs thrown in. It is strange, it is
First of all i have to say the cover is absolutely beautiful. It caught my attention right away. Wren lives in paradise, along with one hundred others. In this paradise, which is like a garden of Eden, Wren and her friends all believe in someone called "Dot" which is basically their god. All that is asked of Wren and her friends is that they pick a bag of newfruit every day and dump them into a chute into the ground. They are not allowed to eat a newfruit, ever. Other than that they are free to ...more
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State of Grace began from a very interesting and well thought out world; a sort of hippyish eden where simplistic conversations are offset against days spent swimming in lagoons or hooking up. Of course, every utopia is secretly a dystopia in disguise and it all begins to unravel quickly, eventually ending on a sadly cliched note. But the reading is easy and certainly the false notes are offset by the intriguing conce
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cults
help I really liked this

the pacing was slow at times and the end was a bit messy, almost a lead in to a sequel (that doesn't exist), but I liked it way more than I thought I would

Fun fact: the summary reveals a fact we don't learn until 75% into the plot, and that's super dumb.


Wren is a happy, kind of weirdly ditzy girl who lives in a perfect world. She loves Dot, who created everything, and wrote a sort of bible to live by- have fun! be nice to each other! everyone is equal!

It's paradis
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

It may have taken me longer than normal to read this book, but I could only read it on my laptop. Hard to curl up with my laptop, or hold it up over my head as I lay down to read...

But the fact is that I WANTED to do that with this book. I think if I had it in a different format I would have read it straight through. It doesn't appear to be a series, but
It's not too often that you come across a utopian book rather than a dystopian in Young Adult, but that's exactly what State of Grace is: a book set in a beautiful paradise where every need is attended to and all the inhabitants are friends. But of course, it wouldn't be much of a book if there wasn't some sort of twist. Some sort of dark side to this utopia. A revelation that all is not quite as it seems...

I have to admit, it's pretty easy to predict most of the plot twists. One reason for this
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my review.

It took a little bit to get into this book, but I absolutely loved the concept. At the beginning of the book, I swear it sounds like all the kids in the garden are part of a cult. The world building and descriptions of the garden were wonderful. There is a deity they call "Dot," there is a "Book of Dots" that governs their behavior, and there is constant chatter and excitement about "completion night," where some of the lucky ones will
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Capstone Publishing, via NetGalley, for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!


This was a unique book. Not in a bad way, but I'm still not entirely sure what to think of it. I will say that I got thoroughly irritated about halfway through it at the constant repetition of phrases that include the word "Dot." (This, if it were to be compared to phrases in English, would be stuff like "Praise be to God" or "God's blessing upon you," etc. Which I'm okay w
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an early copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Overall, I did enjoy this book. I liked the main character Wren and totally related to her struggles with an unseen "god". This book has a whole lot about their religion (their god is called "Dot") and they used some weird phrases like instead of "bad" they say "pregood." This made the book a little difficult to read at times. You can only make an educated guess on what that means and don't learn for sure until the last 50 pag
Vesper Vesper

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…
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Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nope
I read the first 3 chapters but oh my dot I like literally can't even read any more about like being to hook up with everyone. like I just can't even. all those tatas and willies.
if you're an adult. This book is a big fat nope, the language (as far as I survived) is extremely juvenile.
If you're a youth. I dunno. guess it's been long time since I was a "youth" but a book about "hooking up" and tatas and willies doesn't really sound age appropriate.
3.5 stars

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Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Too weird. Bad writing. Juvenile. I gave it away.
Anne Z.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst book I have ever read on my life. Why would anyone read this robish?!
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Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 (I wish goodreads let us give half stars)

Overall, I liked the concept of it.
It could've been better though, if there were more explanations for things. I thought the ending was pretty abrupt too.

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I mean, I guess it's because this book focused on Wren, but I'd like to know more about Gil and Fern and their behaviour. The explanation about how it just affected everyone differently because of genetics??? At least go into more detail maybe??

And also, the whole Blaze liking Wren
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is trash. Hilary Badger is yet another so-called 'young teen writer', that wouldn't know real literature if slapped her in the face. As a mother, when I look over the books my daughter has brought home from the library and find this waste of paper, and for some kids, damaging book, sadly, I wish the Hilary Badger's of the world would simply crawl back under the rock they slithered out from. Moms, if you see this book come home with you daughter, throw it in the trash and pay the librar ...more
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a dystopian time, State of Grace is set in a true Garden of Eden. A place of peace and harmony, where Dot is the leader they look to, and the Books of Dot are their instructions for life. Some simple chores every day, and then they are free to have fun, which is what they were created for. Their home is all they know, all that exists in their minds. Although they've never seen Dot, they know that she exists, why would they think otherwise? They are safe and secure, hidden in their world, but ...more
Sarah McGrath
I didn't really like this book at first but it did get better so its ok. There is a surprising twist at the end and it makes more sense knowing Dot is an abbreviation. Could say more but don't want to give away any spoilers.
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