Hello book friends,
I hope you are having a wonderful day, I’m here to bring you a review for a new YA Dystopian read that will be coming to the Big Screen near you soon.
Rumour has it that Elizabeth Banks is directing and producing it so it’s sure to be a hit!
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The Grace Year is a bit like Fight Club, as in, no-one speaks of it, in fact you are not *allowed* to speak about it.
All you know is that when you get to a certain age (16) you start to release your “Magic” and this magic is what lures men to their knees, you at 16 years of age could entrance a grown man from is married bed into yours, just by the smell of your skin! (insert eye roll here)
Because as we all know Men rule the roost and heaven forbid a girl actually grows into a woman and a man can’t keep his hands (and other things) to himself!
And so, these poor girls, in packs have to go and spend a year banished into the woods, so that they can “release their magic” and then come back all purified and shit, to be married off to whomever the men decide.
And this is what happens to our main character Tierney James, she doesn’t want to go, but she has to be seen to be obeying the rules.
But she doesn’t want to go, she’s heard all of the rumours about the poachers out there that hunt the girls, and the last few years some of the girls haven’t even made it back alive!
Escaping poachers is one thing, but what happens when the pack starts to turn on itself?
A really clever YA take on a Dystopian that is in the same vein as The Handmaids Tale and The Hunger Games, it’s sure to be a big hit with many.
Narrated by Emily Shaffer, who did a great job and has just the right voice for a young teenage girl.
About the Book
The resistance starts here….
No one speaks of the grace year.
We’re told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That’s why we’re banished for our 16th year, to release our magic into the wild before we’re allowed to return to civilisation. But I don’t feel powerful. I don’t feel magical.
Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at 16 to the northern forest to brave the wilderness – and each other – for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry – if they’re lucky.
It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them – if they survive it….
The Grace Year is The Handmaid’s Tale meets Lord of the Flies – a feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.