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Grace by Elizabeth Scott

GraceGrace is an Angel. All her life, she was taught that she is giving her life for a worthy cause, the cause of freedom. She’s been told that it is honorable to die and take as many others with her as possible. But when Grace’s time comes, she cannot make herself do it. A life of questioning her people’s beliefs has finally caught up with her. Now, rejected by her own people and unwelcome among her enemies, Grace is on the run, hoping to find a border to escape to real freedom. Along with her mysterious companion Kerr, Grace is on a dangerous journey, fraught with peril and chilling memories. But in the end, she might be able to find the freedom she desperately craves—and the strength to deserve it.

Having read most of Scott’s young adult books, I believe I am qualified to say both that she is a good writer and that she has grown as a writer. Though I do love her more innocent teen romances, Scott has long since graduated to heavier topics, as in Living Dead Girl. In Grace, Scott goes even more above and beyond. She creates a dystopian world of extreme belief systems that will shock most readers, perhaps because they are so realistic and would not be out of place in society today. In the middle of all this is young Grace, a girl who just wants to live in a community that dictates that she can’t. Readers will come to love this fragile girl as she tries to figure out who she is in the cruel world she lives in and comes to terms with her past. As always, Scott wonderfully portrays the emotions and ironies of life in Grace. I do warn that because this novel is so different from Scott’s other novels, especially because there is more reliance on background and flashbacks than the present story, it may be difficult to keep track of names and situations, but overall, Grace is a story worthy of anyone’s time.

Fans of Scott’s writing in Living Dead Girl will not want to miss Grace, nor will those who liked Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien and Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from publisher Penguin

4 munch(es) :

Leigh Purtill said...

I loved Living Dead Girl and this sounds like more of Scott's insightful and timely work. But is it paranormal or realistic fiction? A literal "angel"? Or figurative?

Rachael Stein said...

She's not a literal "angel." It's the title given to girls in this dystopian society who are meant to sacrifice themselves for their cause.

Simply_Megan said...

I loved Grace! Elizabeth Scott is an amazing author.

Katie said...

I'm getting kind of sick of books about angels, but I can't help but desperately want for GRACE. Definitely adding this to my wish-list. Awesome review!

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