Grace by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Released Date: September 16, 2010
My Rating: 5 Stars
Grace was raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But she refuses to die for the cause, and now Grace is on the run, daring to dream of freedom. In search of a border she may never reach, she travels among malevolent soldiers on a decrepit train crawling through the desert. Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.
Told in spare, powerful prose by acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they've reached the final page. (Synopsis from Penguin)
While reading Grace my mind kept going back to the one book that made me want to read more which is The Giver by Lois Lowry and kept feeling the same kind of emotions as when I read that one. Even though it's not the same story at all, it just reminded me of it so much because the writing was just so amazing that the story makes you think about so many different things even after you finish it, Grace lingers in your mind for days afterwards just like I felt after reading The Giver when I was 12 years old and I love that.
Grace is a story about difficult life altering choices, in a world where you are not allowed to make your own. Grace has been raised to become a suicide bomber by a group called "The People" which are the ones rebelling against the current ruler and live in hiding. Even though she's been taught to believe this is the right thing to do since she was younger, she decides at a very crucial point that she wants to live instead. She runs away from it all and is traveling on a train with a strange boy named Kerr. While on the train we get glimpses into her life before she ran away. We get to see world she lives in and the political aspects of it, where people die so often, where violence is an everyday thing, and the beliefs that she is raised to learn and she is turning away from.
Grace was a very short read, only about 200 pages long but I loved every minute of it. Different from everything that I've read before, Grace is a story about a broken girl that lives in a dystopian world that I do not ever want to live in and tells a touching story about her life in this insane and frightening world. This is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Scott and it was just amazing, it has become one of my favorites. I'll be recommending this one to others as it's one of those types of books that I love which makes people really think, will leave you wondering by the end, and it's just unforgettable.