Grace by Elizabeth Scott

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:

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.

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.

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9 thoughts on “Grace by Elizabeth Scott

  1. It took me my third Elizabeth Scott novel (Stealing Heaven) before I liked a book she wrote. I feel like she’s really more of a hit or miss in her contemporaries. She knows how to write credible teenage situations, but they don’t have as big as an impact unlike Sarah Dessen. I think her best is Love You Hate You Miss You? Or was it Living Dead Girl? I haven’t read either yet.

    I used to not like dystopia because they’re depressing, but I’ve grown to like it after being exposed to so many of that (and being around so many people who read that sub genre haha). It’s a genre worth exploring, but it’s definitely not the happiest one.

    • Hey Tina, oh so her contemporary YA novels aren’t that great? I have to check out the ones that have good reviews then. I haven’t even read any of Sarah Dessen’s books.

      I know what you mean about dystopia. I don’t know, I feel like the genre just isn’t for me because I don’t end up loving the dystopian novels that I’ve read. It might be some time before I read another book from the genre, although I’m interested in Matched and Delirium.

      • I didn’t like Bloom and Perfect You. I think it may be a character thing, because I found them very annoying. Other people I know liked them, though. I can’t recommend those two, but I really liked Stealing Heaven that’s why I decided to give her a chance again.

        I want Delirium and Matched, too. Too bad my galley request for Delirium was denied. I still don’t know why, and I’ve given up trying. I’ll just wait for it to come out.

      • Hey thanks for the feedback about her other books! I’ll keep that in mind when I’m on the lookout for what to read next. If you didn’t like them then I have a feeling I won’t end up liking those books as well.

        Really, your request was denied? They don’t give you a reason on why they deny it?

  2. Sounds interesting. I like dystopian but I have to be on the right mood. I’ve read Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. I liked it but wasn’t super impressed. I’ve heard Something Maybe is good.

    • Holly, you’re right, you have to be in the right mood for this one. I’ll be interested to know what you think of it. Thanks for the input about her other books! I’ll keep what you said in mind when I consider reading her other works.

  3. On Netgalley/HarperTeen: yep! Kai’s requests were denied, too. However, my friend’s friend, who is a Filipina but lives in HK, got approved. No reason given, too. Harlequin Teen and Houghton Mifflin (pubisher of Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler) approves requests easily.

    I’m going to try and use my dad’s US address to see if they’d approve it, and then that proves a theory. But if it doesn’t…maybe I just came in too late? Er. Let’s see.

    • That’s weird. I haven’t tried asking for review copies over at Netgalley but I already registered. Let me know if you get approval wen you use your dad’s US address, it will prove that they didn’t approve your previous request based on where you live.

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