The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rating: 3 Stars
Survive the year. 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, 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.
Thank you Libro.fm, Kim Liggett, and Macmillan Audio for this free copy to read and review. This is no way shapes my opinions, all thoughts expressed are my own.
Wow. I never thought that I could dislike a book so fast. Now before you come at me with your pitchforks, I did not like this book because of how upset I get when I read about women being oppressed. This is something real people all over the world are experiencing… pain at the hands of their oppressors and it is so hard for me to read without getting angry.
In this YA dystopian world, 16-year-old girls are sent into the wilderness for “purity,” and to rid themselves of their evil and magic; they are to fend for themselves and defend against poachers, people who steal the girls and sell their body parts for money. Reading about the way these girls had to dress and do their hair so they were not tempting to men was some grade a Warren Jeffs shit. It was infuriating to read. Girls and women are nothing more than breeding machines, they cannot think for themselves, or make a life for themselves.
The constant bickering and backstabbing between the girls was almost more than I could bear. I also have never wanted to punch a 16-year-old more than one of the characters ever in my life. I felt like nothing happened for about 40% of the book, and then I got excited when there was a change, and then it went back to nothing happening. I was more invested in some of the side characters; I truly don’t think the main character learned anything by the end.
With that being said, the writing style was good. I could not turn off the audiobook. The narrator did a fantastic job at drawing you in and keeping you hooked; I mean I listened to it in one day.
Overall, this book was not for me, but if I read it when I was 13 or 14 I think I really would’ve enjoyed it. This is why I am giving it a 3 STAR rather than my personal rating. I do not think it’s fair to rate a book that has nothing structurally wrong with it as an adult if it’s meant for a younger audience.
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