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Grace by Elizabeth Scott

November 23rd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: September 16, 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

I had to pick this book up after reading the premise because it was so different from any other YA book I have read.  It was a gut wrenching story that I could not put down.

The Characters

Grace was raised from a young age to be an “Angel”, young women whose sole purpose in life are to be suicide bombers to aid their people’s cause.  She also has the additional stigma of only one of her parents being of the People.  These Angels are basically brainwashed into thinking it’s an honor to die in this “glorious” manner and it will take them to be with the saints after their deaths.  When Grace makes the choice not to die she has to make a run for it as she is turned out by her people, her husband kills himself in shame over her actions and she does not even want to find out what her father has done.  Even though at times when Grace seems to have a heartless attitude towards other people’s suffering you have to feel sorry for her because it is obvious that she has been brain washed and doesn’t know anything different.  So being thrown out of the world she was raised in is an eye opening experience for her.

Kerr is somewhat of a mystery.  For much of the book you do not know his true identity and when you finally hear his story it’s horrifying.  Initially you want to hate him but as you begin to see the reasoning behind all of his actions you have to start pitying him.  He and Grace have much in common even though Grace saw him as the epitome of evil in the eyes of her people.

The Story Line

This world Scott created in which people accept the roles of these young women is scary especially when you know things like this happen in other parts of the world today.  Seeing inside the head of someone who was raised to be a suicide bomber and the reasoning behind their actions makes them so much more real.  We also see that sometimes their actions are not so black and white.  This book definitely will provoke a lot of discussion among those who read it and will stick with you long after you are done.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. ComaCalm

    You seem to like this book a lot, why give it such a low rating?

  2. Pam

    This looks interesting. I wonder how it compares to actual political and military suicide missions, in our culture and abroad?

  3. dsuzuki

    ComaCalm-I don’t consider 3.5 low. Usually 3 means I enjoyed the book and would suggest it but it’s not a reread. 4 stars means I definitely keep a copy on my shelf. You can see more about my rating system here.

    Pam-I am not sure. I think it was supposed to be set in the future so she could probably get away with more.

  4. ComaCalm

    Ah, different rating system! Thanks, I was confused. :P

  5. Michelle

    The most profound part of this book was how I felt like this situation could actually happen in this world.

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