this book loves mebut i only consider it a really good friend.
i had been looking forward to reading this like crazy, but i didn t love it as much as everybuddy else, and that makes my readerheart sad the premise sounded outstanding speculative feminist fiction featuring a hyper patriarchal community in which the fear of female sexuality is so profound that sixteen year old girls are rounded up and exiled for a year in an outlying compound isolated from good decent folk while the potency of their sexual awakening is released harmlessly into the wilderness so they can then return purified, ready for the duties of marriage IF they have been chosen by an unmarried man, or for the working world if they have not no one who has not gone through the ordeal themselves knows what actually transpires during The Grace Year speaking of it is Do not be fooled by the excessively pink cover, this is not a sweet story and the characters do not care to be likeable and cherished by the reader It s a wild, wild world and so are the girls in it I have not read a YA dystopian in over a year, but this one reminded me why I used to actively seek out these types of stories Because they are messy and ugly and dramatic and despite all that, or maybe because of it, I am fascinated In Tierney s dystopian society, teenage girls are believed to have powers that are a danger to the men Every year, girls are either claimed by men to become wives or unclaimed and left to find work But before their status officially changes, they are sent as a group into the forest for a year to squash their unnatural powers Some of them return, others don t This is what happens Four somebody hold the door please, because I m volunteer to get this bloody, scary, mind twisting and shouting, terrifying, not nail biter but whole arm biter, making you addict to the anxiety pills but you re going to need to taste your boundaries stars THE INGREDIENTS TO CREATE THIS GRUESOME, SMART, WTH I M READING, TAKE THIS AWAY, BUT ONCE YOU START YOU CANNOT DROP OUT BOOK Two cups of Handmaid s Tale One table spoon of Hunger Games Two pinches of Beach and Annihilation And one cup of Lord of the flies INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING THIS HEART THROBBING BOOKMixed them with anger, frustration, witchy spells, pure magic, violence And finally add some survival and combat skills, harshness, vulgarism, mercilessness and as soon as it gets cold, please serve it with feminism, equality, women friendship, liberation How do you review a book that you enjoyed reading immensely yet it has glaringly poor execution The plot is sooo good Welcome to a world where girls are banished to an isolated camp for their sixteenth year of life The Grace Year to vanquish the magic , or power, they hold over men, only to be married off or assigned duties as an indentured worker upon their return White ribbons for the young girls, red for The Grace Year girls, and black for the wives Innocence Blood Death This camp sounds like a great setup for some serious nightmarish drama, huh Well, we ll never know because very little of the storyline revolves around the day to day inner workings of the camp I found it difficult to get on board from the beginning because there is n The Grace Year opens like a mix of The Hunger Games and The Handmaid s Tale, then shifts to a retelling of Lord of the Flies It s poised to be a feminist tale of sisterhood and equality, but the protagonist who s a complete bonehead starts her journey with only male friendship and later isolates herself with another male companion The way she professes her love to him is by willingly sacrificing her dream of freedom and sleeping with him Not only is this a book whose themes miss the mark, there are so many technical issues with the writing that it s impossible to enjoy.
For a feminist retelling of Lord of the Flies that proves to be everything this book could have been, check out Wilder Girls by Rory Power.
A mash up of The Handmaid s Tale, The Hunger Games, and Lord of the Flies Time to cancel plans and stay home to read Û The Grace Year Å Reviews on Goodreads are outrageously enthusiastic At least the ones I saw So when I received a read Now , notice from Netgalley I thought what the heck Personally I m less enthusiastic about this book than the reviews I ve read yet I can understand the book s appeal This is a quick read A Young Adult dystopian novel It s been compared to Handmaid s Tale , and Lord of The Flies , and The Hunger Games Fair assessment Sixteen year old girls spend a year in the forest in order to rid themselves of magic before marriage or entering the work force Some interesting camp scenes Obstacles include keeping inner thoughts at bay.
Hard work rebuilding rain barrels, clearing the trails, weaving rope are less an obstacle than one s own thoughts All the Women in Garner County have to wear their hair the same way, pulled back from the face, plaited down the back In doing so, the men belie I can see why this one is being compared to The Hunger Games.
It has also been compared to some other dystopian novels, but I have only read The Hunger Games which I enjoyed There is a wilderness fight for your life being hunted aspect that is quite terrifying.
This one is YA and focuses on sixteen year old girls who are banished into the wild to be purified Insanity, yes.
The world building is vicious and the worst of human nature comes into play betrayal, envy, cruel intentions and brutal chaos.
I had a hard time with the darkness of the plot and the characters seemed too artificial for me to connect to any of them.
I do think many will find this of a page turner than I did I little over the top for me and slow moving in places I just never felt invested.
Many others have glowing reviews, so I d say give it a try if you enjoy dystopian novels with of
The Grace Year is such an exciting mix of horror, survival and the best of YA dystopias from 5 10 years back It really is like a darker, feminist version of The Hunger Games I had a really busy week, but I looked for every opportunity possible to sit down with this book and get sucked back into this ugly patriarchal world Nothing gets my blood pumping and the pages turning like a heavy dose of infuriating unfairness.
This is one of those rare novels where I think the fictional world actually benefits from some vague world building There is something very sinister and claustrophobic about the tiny oppressive world of Garner County, a feeling of wrongness ab Speculative Thriller In The Vein Of The Handmaid S Tale And The Power Optioned By Universal And Elizabeth Banks To Be A Major Motion Picture A Visceral, Darkly Haunting Fever Dream Of A Novel And An Absolute Page Turner Liggett S Deeply Suspenseful Book Brilliantly Explores The High Cost Of A Misogynistic World That Denies Women Power And Does It With A Heart In Your Throat, Action Driven Story That S Equal Parts Horror Laden Fairy Tale, Survival Story, Romance, And Resistance Manifesto I Couldn T [ read Online The Grace Year ¾ words PDF ] by Kim Liggett ñ Stop Reading Libba Bray, New York Times Bestselling AuthorSurvive The YearNo One Speaks Of The Grace Year It S Forbidden In Garner County, Girls Are Told They Have The Power To Lure Grown Men From Their Beds, To Drive Women Mad With Jealousy They Believe Their Very Skin Emits A Powerful Aphrodisiac, The Potent Essence Of Youth, Of A Girl On The Edge Of Womanhood That S Why They Re Banished For Their Sixteenth Year, To Release Their Magic Into The Wild So They Can Return Purified And Ready For Marriage But Not All Of Them Will Make It Home Alive Sixteen Year Old Tierney James Dreams Of A Better Life A Society That Doesn T Pit Friend Against Friend Or Woman Against Woman, But As Her Own Grace Year Draws Near, She Quickly Realizes That It S Not Just The Brutal Elements They Must Fear It S Not Even The Poachers In The Woods, Men Who Are Waiting For A Chance To Grab One Of The Girls In Order To Make A Fortune On The Black Market Their Greatest Threat May Very Well Be Each Other With Sharp Prose And Gritty Realism, The Grace Year Examines The Complex And Sometimes Twisted Relationships Between Girls, The Women They Eventually Become, And The Difficult Decisions They Make In Between