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Sugar Coated (2013)

by Shannen Crane Camp(Favorite Author)
4.6 of 5 Votes: 1
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
The Sugar Coated Trilogy
review 1: This is absolutely not what I was expecting! - An ambiguous statement but a true one nonetheless.Let me explain... I pictured elements from every other Utopian/dystopian novel I have ever read. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was nothing like those. The author actually gives you a Utopian society, one where the inhabitants don't have to lift a finger because everything is done for them. No-one works. No one bothers to have children - why should they when they can adopt? No-one ever asks questions, commits crimes or behaves outside the remit of social norms... It seems idyllic.In fact the only thing wrong with this utopia seems to be our protagonist and her unending suspicious, questions and dissatisfaction with the perfect world around her. But Brynn has seen ... morethings that the others have not: the mysterious city of Aywon that doesn't seem to exist on any map of Halcyon, the nightmares of the workers/Angels and their cruelty, and the voices that exist on that recording.So when Brynn finally finds someone who not only believes her but is willing to ask the difficult questions and get himself in trouble right along with her...well that's when everything starts to unravel. This was an exciting, funny, sad, and enjoyable read. Interesting characters and a well-designed world lends to an engaging plot. The cliff hanger is abrupt but achieves its effect... you really feel like chewing off your nails/pulling out your hair until you can read the next installment! I recommend that you pick it up and keep your eyes peeled for the sequel.*Received a copy of the book in return for an honest review.*
review 2: I have been getting into a lot of dystopian novels ever since I read The Hunger Games. All of the dystopian novels I've read so far tend to have some sense of rebellion fairly early on, as the world hasn't quite reached that perfect Utopia, even with everything society has set in place. That is until I read Sugar Coated. "Sugar Coated" is definitely a great way to describe Brynn's world at the beginning. Everything is right at everyone's finger tips by simply requesting things from a computer. No one has a need to work, money doesn't exist, and everyone seems to be living out their lives without a care in the world. Everyone, that is, except for Brynn. Brynn has a very rare curiosity about the world around her. What's beyond the ocean? Why is everyone so afraid of it? Why aren't there any windows on the train? Why is the train the only method of travel between cities? Why is everything always so easy? Brynn's friends think she's nuts for being so curious and developing crazy conspiracy theories. It isn't until she meets Jonah when she finds someone with very much the same curiosity that she has. The two of them set off on an adventure to answer their many questions that certainly leaves the reader wanting more by the end of the book. Out of all the dystopian novels I have read, this one certainly sticks out! Just as many of my questions were starting to be answered, more kept springing up until the book came to an abrupt end that had me on the edge of my seat, wanting the second book in the series. I would highly recommend this book to just about anyone!! less
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Fantastic Book! Can't wait for #2 and #3 in the Trilogy!!
great book! I couldn't put it down
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