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The Grace Year av Kim Liggett
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The Grace Year (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Kim Liggett (Författare)

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Tierney James, sixteen, struggles to endure the year in which she and other young women are banished to the wild until, purified, the survivors are allowed to return home and marry.
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Titel:The Grace Year
Författare:Kim Liggett (Författare)
Info:Wednesday Books (2019), 416 pages
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The Grace Year av Kim Liggett (2019)

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It was ok. Dragged a lot in the middle. ( )
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
Netgalley provided an advanced copy but all opinions are my own.

Oh my word, WHERE to start with The Grace Year???! Kim Liggett has written one smart, unique, and thrilling dystopian fiction. It’s fierce, it’s gripping, and it’s a little bit bloody and disturbing and brutal. This is a story of survival – both in the patriarchal society of the book and during the girls’ grace year of the title.

It’s been compared to The Handmaid’s Tale meets a feminist version of Lord of the Flies, and I honestly think that nails it perfectly. (And if you’ve read my reviews, you know that I haven’t been in agreement with a whole lot of comps lately.)
I went into this story without knowing anything more than I’ve read in the blurb, and I kind of want you to as well. The protagonist, Tierney, is strong, independent, and the closest thing to a boy her father had. She doesn’t dream of a marriage like everyone else – she has a different plan for her life. Her best friend is a boy, and she’s managed to escape a lot of the expectations set upon her older sisters – until she approaches the grace year. She’s wary of the grace year, as she’s seen how the women come back changed – guarded, maimed – or maybe don’t come back at all.

I have to remind myself – the dresses, the red ribbons, the veils, the ceremonies- they’re all just distractions to keep our minds off the real issue at hand. The grace year.*
– The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

The grace year also shares the first rule of Fight Club – you don’t talk about it, to anyone. (So no spoilers from me, either!) I mean, you put any group of girls together and it can be brutal and petty. Tell the mean girls that they have magic powers? Get ready for the ugliness to grow ten-fold.

We hurt each other because it’s the only way we’re permitted to show our anger. When our choices are taken from us, the fire builds within. Sometimes I feel like we might burn down the world to cindery bits, with our love, our rage, and everything in between. *
– The Grace Year by Kim Liggett


In this world, women are possessions and without any power, and Tierney isn’t going to settle for that.
Tierney fights to survive and doesn’t give up on her fellow grace year girls, either. She keeps her wits about her when everyone else seems to be going mad. She also discovers that people aren’t who they seem, in ways good and bad. And ooh, there is a lot of bad stuff happening to her and around her – it was really tense and scary!
There is a relationship in the middle of the book that threw me off a bit. It initially felt a bit out of place, an abrupt change to the flow of the book, and *maybe* I would have like to see it get a little more developed, but I think the importance of it is that it is a relationship in which Tierney has a say. It represents empowerment and risk – and choice.

This is a story about survival. It’s also about the complicated relationships women have with each other – trust and betrayal, envy, pettiness, competitiveness, and how we all too often pit ourselves against each other instead of working together to succeed.

I’m giving The Grace Year 4-1/2 stars (which will round up to 5 on Goodreads).
*Quotes from The Grace Year are from an uncorrected digital advanced reader’s copy. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
[reviewed from uncorrected galley]
teen/adult fiction/dystopian fantasy suspense with romance and minor lgbtqa interest (Handmaid's Tale meets Lord of the Flies meets Mean Girls meets Hunger Games meets Girl on the Train)
Wow, these 16 year old girls can be awful! This was a page-turner, and though the romance isn't as well developed as other YA pairings, I think it will definitely be a hit with the teens and even adult readers.. I can't wait to put it into the hands of the next reader I see. All the stars!!!!!!! ************
Parental notes: horrific violence/torture happen 'off-screen' and there are two love scenes (that are not explicitly described). ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
No 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

Thank you Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for a chance to read The Grace Year!

I really liked this book it is definitely a page turner. I do agree with everyone when they were comparing this book to the handmaid's tale and the hunger games. I have not read the lord of the flies so I wouldn’t know about that. It truly was a good book. I liked the characters. The world building was good as well. There was a lot going on I wouldn’t mind reading a second book for this series. Happy reading everyone!! ( )
  jacashjoh | Jun 8, 2021 |
With all the comparison's to Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies, I went into this book expecting something different than what I got. Grace Year really is a female version of LOTF and I really didn't enjoy the book. I kept reading because I had to know how the story ends because I can't just skip ahead 15 chapters, I had to know how we got there. Part commentary on the power of peer pressure, I will admit that part was done well but overall, the entire story just fell flat for me.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
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