Title: Sugar Coated
Author: Shannen Crane Camp
Star Rating: 4.5/5
'An unhealthy addiction to sugar cubes, a deep-seated fear of water, and universal luxury—they were the simple things that made up 18-year-old Brynn's Utopian existence. Why, then, was her perfect life also plagued with unanswered questions?' official summary.
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 things 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 instalment! I recommend that you pick it up and keep your eyes peeled for the sequel.