Release Date: September 16, 2010
Received From: Around the World Tours
Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books by This Author: Perfect You, Bloom, Love You Hate You Miss You, Something Maybe, Stealing Heaven, Living Dead Girl, The Unwritten Rule
A fable of a terrifying near future by critically acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott.
Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.
Told in spare, powerful prose, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they’ve reached the final page.
I have been putting this review off for days. Grace by Elizabeth Scott is one of those books that is almost impossible to review. I don’t really know what I was expecting when I opened this book, but what I found was a terrifying story. It says in the blurb that Grace was born to be an Angel, I think that is a little misleading. It makes you think there might be some supernatural Angels running around. That’s not the case at all. The Angels in this book are women born to die. To give their life up for the cause. By suicide bomb.
Grace chooses to live. Some may call this cowardly, I would call it brave. To choose a different path than the one that was laid out for you from the time you were a child. Grace is a strong character, with many layers. I don’t think we even scratched the surface on who Grace really is, but I think that made the book even more powerful.
Kerr is to be Grace’s companion while trying to escape. He was a little frightening and more than a little mysterious. Kerr makes Grace question her life in ways that she has never done before. She is horrified to find out who he really is, but she may have more in common with him than she could have ever believed.
Grace is a very short and sparse book, but it will leave you with things to think about. Elizabeth Scott is an incredibly talented and diverse author. She can write romance, horrifying true life, and dystopian stories with ease. I urge you to read this book.