THE GRACE YEAR BY KIM LIGGETT - BOOK REVIEW

When this book was pitched as Lord of the Flies meets The Handmaid's Tale, I thought it was going to be a bit of a stretch. While both of those books have similarities, they have a lot of differences. After reading this book, however, I would say that it's actually a pretty fair comparison.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book as part of the Raincoast TeensRead Preview. As always, all opinions are my own.


This book follows sixteen-year-old Tierney, who is going into her grace year. In a not-so-distant world, it is believed that girls possess magical powers, their skin emitting an aphrodisiac which lures men to them and stirs jealousy among the wives. The grace year is a time when these girls are believed to be most powerful. They are exiled to a remote island and left to fend for themselves over the course of the year to burn through their magic. As tensions rise, and the girls find themselves trying to survive not only the poachers on the outskirts of the island waiting to skin their prey alive and sell the pieces on the black market to those who wish to remain youthful but also each other and the powers each seem to possess.

This book is broken up into five main parts with breaks but not official chapters throughout (although, perhaps the finished, published book will be slightly different), Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, and the Return. While these parts help delineate time, I found that I didn't really have a sense of time passing. Without these breaks, the story could have been 3 months for all I knew. I'm not sure if that's just me, I know the author did include details like weather to help give the proper setting, and maybe I was just too caught up in the characters to really pay attention.

That all said, Liggett did a really good job of creating an immersive story. I figured a book this long would take me a couple of sittings to get through but I found myself trying to stay up late in order to finish it in one - I truly couldn't put it down. And it wasn't necessarily constantly action-packed, it was just a really good story with a fascinating world that I couldn't get out of. There were some parts where the lines between today's society and this supposedly dystopian world were so blurred, I wasn't sure if we were looking at the present day, the times of the witch-trials, or some distant future.

Overall, this was a fantastic book and I highly recommend it!