Review – Salvation State by Marcus Damanda @evernightpub


The Salvation State by Marcus Damanda
Publication date: 15th January 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian


“This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I’m running away.”

A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America.

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A fifteen-year-old preacher’s kid and a sixteen-year-old atheist outcast, they have little in common. And yet they both have attracted the attention of a recruiter for Second Salvations, where bad kids go to be remade—or destroyed.

Agents of the New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They’re building an army, a modern children’s crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.


How do you like your dystopian novels?  Gritty?  Tense?  Entirely plausible?  If you answered “yes”, then I suspect that this book ought to be on your list of books to read.

Told in the no nonsense style which I have come to expect from this author, this is a story of restrained, quiet rebellion playing counterpoint to the loud, brash, hypocritical approach of the so called christian leaders.

The matter of fact narrative, the plucky heroine (whom I defy you not to root for), and the (sometimes unexpected) allies she meet, all come together to make a deliciously disturbing read.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.



purchase links

Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the author

marcusMarcus Damanda lives in Woodbridge, Virginia with his cat, Shazam. At various times throughout his life, he played bass guitar for the garage heavy metal band Mother’s Day, wrote for The Dale City Messenger, and published editorials in The Potomac News and The Freelance Star. Currently, while not plotting his next foray into fictitious suburban mayhem, he spoils his nieces and nephews and teaches middle school English.

author links

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