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  • The Grace Year

  • By: Kim Liggett
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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The Grace Year

By: Kim Liggett
Narrated by: Emily Shaffer
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Summary

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The resistance starts here...

No one speaks of the grace year.
It's forbidden.
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 sixteenth year, to release our magic into the wild before we're allowed to return to civilization.
But I don't feel powerful.
I don't feel magical.

Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at sixteen 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.

©2019 Kim Liggett (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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A YA handmaid’s tale

This book is a interesting comment on the relationships between women. It delves deeply oppression and adversity can put us against one another or bring us together.
All the while being a complete page turner! I put it on when I went to bed and ended up staying up all night to finish it. Spectacular.

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Right up my street! Dystopian Genre is my favourite

Love this narrator she does such a great job with excellent expression and tones of voice.

The prose in this unique story is elegant and very emotive!

Highly recommend this read

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Amazing

Loved it so much left wanting more no needing more
Needs to be a 2nd ASAP lol
Narrator was amazing 😻

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Great book

Really enjoyed listening to this, great performance and interesting concept. So many repeated phrases though!

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Creepy and evocative.

🧡 This is a beautifully crafted dystopia with an original take on female oppression. The romance elements do seem to happen a touch too fast, but I forgave that because the overall concept had so many layers.

💚 The idea that teenage girls are ‘dangerous’ to grown men together with the ambiguous addition of girls having magic is an effective metaphor for exploitation and sexualisation.
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SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO...

If you like this, try The Water Cure, Gather the Daughters and Vox.

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it's a new Hunger Games

The concept of young women having to suffer in order to purge their wickedness is taken to a brand new level. Up until the very end I wasn't sure if this is a sophisticated analogy, a magical story, or both - and I didn't care.
The pacing was stuttered at times, but still I spent every (rare) spare moment listening. The ending was a bit too perfect, so it's bittersweet.

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Read this!!!

If you like me look and search for books for ages. This is one you definitely need to read!
This book has every emotion it’s fast but isn’t rushed. Please please read this book.

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Beautiful, loved it!

The author had a beautiful way to describe surroundings and situations to really help paint a picture. I loved the plot of the story, which had a few unexpected twists.

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Amazing and beautiful

If you enjoy feminist dystopia I would highly recommend this to you. Imagine Lord of the Flies meets The Handmaid's Tale.

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Brilliant book

loved this book, great book about seizing feminism
I would highly recommend this book. I finished it quickly because the storyline was moreish

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