Review of The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Updated: Aug 21, 2020
This was the type of book I could’ve stayed up all night reading. I was totally hooked.
This was the type of book I could’ve stayed up all night reading. I was totally hooked. Kim Liggett's The Grace Year is a Lord of the Flies-esque situation of trapped girls who devolve into paranoia, mayhem, fury, and destruction--with a wonderfully strong and imperfect heroine trying to upend the situation.
The ending sections glossed over some major issues: consorting with the gruesomely brutal enemy; the prospect of folding back into the world that created the horrific system of oppression, control, torture, and death—even with a promise in place of potential change; and hurried emotional movement past the loss of a beloved character. But there’s hope for the slow but significant evolution into a new era.
The teen girls’ “magic” and its perception by the girls themselves (and especially by the men and women in their society) was haunting.
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This book brought to mind another young adult dystopian book in which the power of young women is brought into intense focus, The Power by Naomi Alderman.
This book is on my Greedy Reading List Six Fantastic Dystopian and Postapocalyptic Novels.