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A fable of a terrifying near future.

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.

What Others Say:

“If Living Dead Girl rocked people’s perceptions of Elizabeth Scott’s writing, then Grace will blow them up. It is different from anything else that she has published and demonstrates amazing growth and diversity as an author. Tense and political. Terse and exact. Scott sketches an image of a world where you are what you are told you will be. A life without choices and many sacrifices. A life without colour, without beauty, without connection and it is exceedingly grim. A minimal piece of writing, the reader’s mind in constantly whirling as it processes new information and the actions of our protagonist and Kerr.

YA can often be put into two categories – amazing premise and expertly realised. Sometimes there is crossover but not usually. Grace walks that line like an acrobat as it quietly, subtlety, makes its way forward navigating fear, determination and ultimately hope. Grace presents a reality where society is fractured into those that blindly (and fearfully) follow Keran Berj and those that oppose his rule, those of The Hills. A world of tyranny, violence, suppression and fear where being an Angel is a great honour. An honour that Grace can’t see through entirely so she runs. And this is where the story begins.

Grace isn’t flashy. It is not glitzy or dimple cheeked. It is deliciously barren. A small novel, it’s short chapters and at times even shorter sentences convey the trapped quality of this world and the tethers that bind. It is novels like Grace that challenge the notion that YA is fluff. There’s no fluff here, only heat and oppression. Sparse, resolute and political, Scott has explored the notion of power, identity and sacrifice in a way that leaves you quiet. It creeps up on you. It is the study of a girl who straddles two world and is wanted by neither. In choosing herself, she chooses to fight for her freedom.

A beautifully realised introspective novel about life, death and the choices we make in between. The insular first person narration and few characters focus the story intently on the train ride and the steps that brought Grace and Kerr to that point. Revelations unwind like a slight breeze and wash over you as they may (or may not) get closer to escape. A wonderful and vastly different addition to the Elizabeth Scott collection and young adult literature.

A thought provoking exploration of the power of one.” — Persnickety Snark
“Grace almost left me speechless. Elizabeth Scott continues to amaze me. The author that makes me giddy with her teen romances leaves me haunted by such books as Grace and Living Dead Girl. (It’s not that her romances lack substance or full characterization. All her characters feel human. And all her characters seem to be struggling with something.)

What is Grace about? Well this dystopian set in the near future stars Grace a girl who was “raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb.” But Grace realizes–at the last moment–that this is not what she wants. And perhaps for the first time, she realizes that what she wants does matter.

She doesn’t want to die for the cause. She’s not even sure she believes in the cause anymore. (If she ever did.) She wants to live. But living life might be tricky because first she’ll have to escape her old life.

Grace, when we first meet her, is on the run for her life. She’s hoping and praying that she can escape. She’s on a train heading for what could be her only chance for freedom, for a new life. But she’s not traveling alone. She’s traveling with a young man she’s never met. A man she doesn’t know if she can trust. As these two share their stories, share their pasts, quite a story unfolds.

Grace is a compelling read. I just couldn’t put it down! It’s a thought-provoking read too. I liked the way this one was told. How as Grace makes this journey to freedom, readers learn her back story bit by bit. We learn about the circumstances–political and social–that led her to where she is. I liked how Grace is challenged along the way to think and rethink her beliefs, her ethics.

I would definitely recommend this one.” — Becky’s Book Reviews

“Elizabeth Scott is one of the few authors who could make me read a book about a suicide bomber. And, more, look forward to the experience.

I’m not sure what I was expecting when I opened the cover. It certainly wasn’t what I got.

Grace is a morally ambiguous character. As is her traveling companion Kerr. I thought the lines would be more clear cut. That is would be white and black, good and bad, hero and tyrant. It isn’t. Both sides in Grace commit terrible acts and believe their acts are justified because they are at war…

Grace is a quiet book. There are no car chases, no explosions, and no countdowns to diffuse the bomb. And yet the book is tense. We travel with Grace and Kerr towards the border on a train that might be stopped at any moment. The soldiers on board have complete control and can treat the passengers as they wish. I wanted so badly for them to make it, for them both to be free.

As Grace’s story unfolds, in flashbacks, and as she learns more about Kerr, and his desperation to start a new life, her view of the world changes. She begins to question things she has done and things she believes.

This is a brave, honest and disturbing look at what happens when children are brought up to be afraid; brought up to think that others are less worthy; brought up to think that the only way to create change is through destruction. It forces you to not judge but to really think, to feel sympathy for characters who do terrible things.

Grace is marketed as a a dystopian novel, but it really isn’t. Although the setting is not recognizable and the names give no clue as to what country we might be in, the world in this book is not some horrific future. It can be found in the past and it can be seen in the present. This isn’t a world we can prevent: it’s one we’re living in. That is what makes Grace such a haunting and uncomfortable read. It would make a great book club pick. Although I kept wanting to take a break while reading, I already want to read it again. And I really want to talk about it too.” — Not Enough Bookshelves

“WOW. Just, wow. Elizabeth never ceases to amaze me. Part of me thought I might not like this one because it’s about suicide bombing. The other half of me thought, it’s a book by Elizabeth Scott, how could it not be good?

If you guys couldn’t tell by now, it was the latter. This book is so different from any other YA novel. It pulls you in, it makes you wonder, it makes you feel. The fictional “country” is maddening. How could anybody let a man like Keran Berj rule? How could The People do the same, but still think Keran is worse? And Grace, poor Grace — I am so proud of her. She is so brave. She gives us some insight I think everyone could use, really.

This story was not what I was expecting. I didn’t know what to expect, actually, but this was not it. Elizabeth has definitely done it again and I don’t know how. She always pulls off writing a masterpiece, and for that, I thank her. Make sure you guys pick this one up when it’s released! Or pre-order! Just make sure you get it in your hands. — The Truth About Books

Grace is such a brilliantly written book. It’s not a chick lit, nor a paranormal book. It’s a YA book about choices. Grace has been raised to be an Angel of Death and now she’s questioning everything she’s been raised to believe. In a society were women do what they are told, you don’t question why. You do what you’re told. Now Grace must choose to fulfill what she’s been told will be an honor or she must flee and choose life, and find freedom, fulfilling a dream of hers.

Grace shouldn’t question what she’s about to do. She should find it an honor. She’ll be hailed a hero. Her name will never be forgotten. She can’t help with question the motives behind these actions. True, she’d rather be in the Hills with other people who will do what they can to fight Keran Berj’s power, but are they any better than he is? Is death always the answer? If Grace really believed that cause, she wouldn’t really be on train she’s on now, or would she? If she gives up now, then she may not reach the border she hopes to find.

Grace is a powerfully written book and one that I can see being used in high school class rooms. Well written, and only two hundred pages long, Grace is full of themes and messages that will spark discussions with readers. Elizabeth tackles a touchy subject and gives it a face and a meaning, with a very strong character named Grace. Understanding Grace’s story, I fell in love with this strong, real character who will not let her dream die, even that means risking her own life.

Grace and Kerr are two broken, but strong-willed main characters, surrounded with a small number of supporting characters. With a book this powerful, you don’t need more than that. Kerr himself is a character my heart broke for. Together Kerr and Grace find understanding in each other, and share a determination and will power to live. As a reader, I was pulled into their stories and left with feeling hope for them, and the future they can change.” —Mundie Moms

Cover: Really love it. Its beautiful right? Yes, it is!” —Princess Bookie


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