I haven’t read any of Elizabeth Scott’s contemporary YA novels but I thought it would be good to start with something different. Grace is available in hardcover format in Fully Booked for P699.
Here’s the summary from Elizabeth Scott’s website:
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.
Grace is a dystopian novel with a unique premise. At only 200 pages, it packs quite a punch. It’s amazing how so much can be conveyed by a slim novel. Grace lives in a world filled with violence. She belongs to the People, the group determined to fight against the dictator Keran Berj. She has been trained to become a suicide bomber and she should consider it a great honor to die serving the People. But Grace doesn’t want to die. In a world where everyone is told what their purpose in life is, she is considered a failure. Grace portrays a situation eerily similar to what is happening in some parts of the world today. It is a grim and a very emotional novel but ultimately, the message that it carries is one of hope as it is about a young girl’s story of how she fights for her life and her freedom. The premise is unique and so different from the usual YA pickings.
Even though I recognize Elizabeth Scott’s excellent writing in this one, it’s not a book that I fell in love with. I think this has more to do with me rather than anything with the book – I don’t think I’m cut out for dystopian novels. I feel like the premise is too bleak. If you’re into that kind of thing or if you’re a fan of dystopia, then I highly recommend this novel. It really is a compelling read and even I don’t understand why I didn’t love it. This is the first Elizabeth Scott that I’ve read and I look forward to reading more of her books even if they’re from different genres.