The Grace Year Author:Kim Liggett A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid?s Tale and The Power.?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 par... more »ts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn?t stop reading.? ? Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling authorNo one speaks of the grace year. It?s forbidden. Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, 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 their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their 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.« less
Tierney James is not like the other girls her age. She is a loner and doesn't really fit in. So when she is sent to her grace year to rid herself of her magic which according to the men in her community all women have, she finds a strange and foreign world where nothing is as it seems. She is one of the lucky few because her father taught her some life skills that make survival alittle less deadly for her than the other girls, but sometimes the most deadly thing isnt the wild its the other girls around her. Tierney spends her grace year trying to survive and help the other girls to survive. Things turn Topsy turvy and soon she finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse. This book had me crying so many times. I went through a whirlwind of emotions, from happy to sad to completely terrified. But I couldn't put this book down. I would stay up way too late reading and be exhausted at work the next day but it was totally worth it for that extra chapter I got to read. Overall I would recommend this book to everyone. It is not a book that falls in one category but multiple categories and has something for everyone.