State of Grace by Hilary BadgerEver since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wrens 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 Dots Paradise.
If only Wren could stop the strange, disturbing visions shes started having. Do these visions make her less worthy of Dots love? And what does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of Dots creations, know about whats going on in Wrens head?
Wren is desperate to feel Dots love, just like everyone else. But thats harder than ever when a creation shes never met before arrives in the garden. He claims to be from outside and brings with him words and ideas that make Wrens brain hurt.
Gradually Wren and Blaze uncover the truth: theyre 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. - See more at: http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/hi...
State of Grace
When Blaze, a boy experiencing similar dreams, confronts her, she denies everything, but when a young boy stumbles into their garden and tells them of a gate and an outside world, Wren is forced to confront her growing uncertainty about the teachings of Dot. Wren has clearly suffered a trauma, and the reveal of who and what is behind Dot offers her an ethical dilemma: learn to live with her guilt and pain, or take the escape of [End Page 75] oblivion and the new cosmology offered by DOT, Delusion Onset Therapy.
State of Grace
Thank you! Would people truly be happy if they could return to the Garden of Eden before the Fall? A girl lives blissfully within such a world, convinced she and everything else was created by Dot, her beloved deity. Wren and her friends frolic exactly as they wish in their state of perfect innocence. They live according to whim, plucking and eating the abundant fruit that grows everywhere.
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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. This is a book very different than anything I have ever read. Think of a Utopian society, but one where everything is most definitely not as it appears. Perfect weather, swimming in crystal clear water, being happy all the time, serving a higher being that seems to give her the perfect life. Clearly that is not real life, and Wren finds this out with little glimpses of a world she is not familiar with. She makes mind control seem more scary than usual, yet beautiful at the same time.