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State of Grace
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State of Grace

The trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is as clear as crystal. Wren's world is a utopia. If only she could stop the strange visions she's started having: flashes of another world, where there are people she doesn't know, couldn't possibly know, but who somehow feel familiar. What does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of creations, know about what's going on in Wren's head? When she uncovers the lies that are propping up everything she has ever believed in, Wren must choose: remain in blissful ignorance or face the ugly truth?

PublisherSwitch Press
BrandSwitch Press
Age Level14-18 Years
Trim Size5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Page Count304
Paper Over Board



Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books - KC

"Echoes of many familiar narratives surface throughout this dystopian tale as the setting begins to look less like Eden and more like a similarly designed but more benevolent Hunger Games arena or Maze Runner Glade before taking on shades of Lord of the Flies violence and Feed’s capitalist corruption. 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 oblivion and the new cosmology offered by DOT. . . .the issues the book raises offer opportunities for multilayered discussion." - Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

October 1, 2015

Publishers Weekly

"...[a] beautifully macabre take on the perfect world. . . .Masterfully subtle and detailed descriptions guide readers through a delightful, occasionally dark evaluation of the difference between real life and the lure of a promised ideal. . . .[an] entertaining and highly thought-provoking narrative." - Publishers Weekly

June 13, 2015

Smart Moms, Review District - Dana Hinders

"Hilary Badger’s State of Grace turns the popular dystopian genre on its head, leading readers to question their ideas about utopia, belief, and the power of individual choices." - Smart Moms, Review District

August 3, 2015


School Library Journal, "Teens Review a Western, Sci-Fi, and a “Maze Runner” Rea - Charlotte L., age 13, Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group

"...this is an exciting, intriguing, and (at some times) shocking read. . . .Her book not only is an amazing and brilliantly written story, but it opens up important discussions that might not otherwise be discussed or thought about. In this very intense read, Badger takes readers to an unforgettable and crazy alternate reality that is very strange and incredibly compelling. Teens will find themselves devouring this book within days." - School Library Journal, "Teens Review a Western, Sci-Fi, and a “Maze Runner” Rea

July 17, 2015

School Library Journal - Erin Holt, Williamson County Public Library, Franklin, TN

"Badger crafts a beautiful dystopian world in her YA debut. The author dives deep into the soul of a teenager, providing an up-close look at guilt, depression, and crime. Badger creates a thought-provoking work, complete with riveting suspense, a fast pace, and a touch of romance. The line between truth and reality is often blurred, leaving readers questioning themselves, the belief system they were raised in, and the power of choice and their own voice. This novel sheds light on realistic issues that impact teens. An excellent addition to all young adult collections." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2015

Kirkus Reviews

"...the exploration of what constitutes bliss—and what does not—makes everything worth it. Most intriguing and provocative." - Kirkus Reviews

June 15, 2015


Booklist Online - Sarah Bean Thompson

"Part religious satire, part science fiction, this gives readers a chance to reflect on what they believe and ponder what is real and what is not." - Booklist Online

August 31, 2015

Hilary Badger

Hilary Badger

Hilary Badger is the author of many books for children and teenagers. As a copywriter at an advertising agency, she has created campaigns from all kinds of products from underwear to cat food, chocolate bars and ice cream.

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