Book Review: Sugar Coated

Sugar Coated
(Sugar Coated Triology: Book One)
Shannen Crane Camp
Published September 5, 2013
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Available on Amazon

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?
Like every other resident of the planet Halcyon, Brynn's home provided everything she needed, money was unheard of, and life was perfect. But unlike the rest of Seaside's residents, Brynn had questions. Why couldn't people leave the city? Why did the ocean fill everyone with terror? Who were the Workers? Not only was Brynn curious where others were compliant, but she suffered from chronic nightmares of an angelic woman torturing her for information she didn’t possess. These were more than just figments of her imagination, though; they were memories of things that never happened.
When Brynn meets Jonah, a brilliant, library-dwelling boy who shares her questions and her curiosity, they formulate a plan to find answers. Somewhere, the perfect veneer of Halcyon's instant gratification hid a city that only Brynn knows about—a city she and Jonah are determined to find. But will finding the city give them answers, or simply uncover the horrific truth behind the perfection?

Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: Brynn lives in a utopian society where life is a party. Everything is available at the touch of a button and Brynn has never worked a day in her life. In fact, she doesn't know anyone who works. So what's wrong with that? What sort of person would question a life where things are too easy? Brynn questions everything. With her new friend, Jonah, Brynn sets off to find the mysterious city of Aowyn. Who are the Workers? Why is the City walled? Why the dire warning about the Ocean? And, most importantly, who is the terrifying Angel who haunts Brynn's dreams?

Sugar Coated introduces us to Brynn, an average young woman who asks some extraordinary questions. While her friends are busy redecorating and creating new clothing, Brynn is taking dangerous dips in the ocean. Her friends can't understand why Brynn questions their easy existence. Brynn can't understand why everything in life is easy and free. Things seem to be too good to be true--and they are. There's a price for perfection--freedom.

Brynn isn't the only one asking questions. Jonah, a young man Brynn meets in the library, is also curious. His bravery and intelligence is just what Brynn needs if she's going to discover the secrets hidden beyond the city's walls. Ty, Brynn's longtime friend, is the voice of caution. He doesn't trust Jonah and is eager to protect Brynn even if it means risking his own life. The dynamics between Ty, Jonah, and Brynn create a new level of tension that kept me turning the pages long into the night. Mystery and danger kept me reading, but the questions that arose from this novel kept me thinking about it long after I finished reading. This story will make you wonder how a society could become so complacent and it will give you a renewed appreciation for the struggles in your life that facilitate learning and growth.

Overall, Sugar Coated is a fast-faced, action-packed, thought-provoking story I would recommend to everyone. I am breathlessly awaiting the sequel!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars