Monday, January 3, 2011

Grace by Elizabeht Scott

Grade: A+


Grace was brought up 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.

Accompanied by the mysterious Kerr in search of a border they may never reach, Grace struggles to be invisible, but the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.


Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 10/10!
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 8/10
Setting: 10/10
Total Score: 66/70

Obtained: Bought secondhand.

Age Appropriate? R

Cursing: None that I recall
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some reference to alcoholism
Sexual Content: Several references to sex
Disturbing Images/Violence: Suicide bombing, hangings, murders, child violence, graphic violence


Though a short novel told with sparing prose, Grace was incredibly powerful and told a message larger and possibly more important than any other. Set in a vivid conflicting world ruled by a violent dictator and his opposition who campaign for "peace", Scott creates a setting where good mirrors evil in many frightening ways. This book explores the true worth of life, the worth of self, in a world where self and life mean nothing in the face of sacrifice and death.

This book was simple and honest, yet it revealed more about Grace's character and world in a few words than most novels accomplish in chapters. Scott did not overplay or underplay anything--not the violence, not the sex, not the people, not the good or bad of each, and not her characters' strengths and flaws. The hero's choices were not always heroic or dramatic or poetic; often they were selfish, small, and arguably wrong -- but they were human choices. It is about the most selfish of all choices--the choice to live for yourself, unheroic, unmemorable, but alive. And this book is quietly shouting that this choice is not wrong. Extraordinary.


Elizabeth Scott
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1 comment:

  1. I read Elizabeth Scott's Living Dead Girl and haven't read anything else of hers yet - I'll have to check this one out too. She's a powerful writer!


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