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Grace Year – tekijä: Kim Liggett

Grace Year (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: Kim Liggett (Tekijä)

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Tierney James, sixteen, struggles to endure the year in which she and other young women are banished to the wild until, purified, the survivors are allowed to return home and marry.
Teoksen nimi:Grace Year
Kirjailijat:Kim Liggett (Tekijä)
Info:Wednesday Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
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The Grace Year (tekijä: Kim Liggett) (2019)


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The Grace Year is a year where all young women, at the age of 16, are sent off to the wilderness to "get rid of their magic," which ensnares men and is uncontrollable. Speaking of it is forbidden, even amongst other women and the women who they've undergone it with. Women are not to be trusted, and must be strictly controlled and managed lest they bewitch any unsuspecting man. However, there are many more women than men, and only the lucky few are able to be married and become a wife. All others are sent to be the workforce on which the County depends. Tierney is your typical tomboy, who would rather work in the fields than get married after her Grace Year. What she doesn't realize, however, is how much this will hurt her when the Grace Year finally comes.

What the Grace Year actually entails is a well-kept mystery until it actually begins to happen, which is a great choice on Liggett's part. The reader is as curious and apprehensive as Tierney, especially as little hints escape. When it does finally arrive, very little time is wasted before we get into the violence and manipulation that such a society demands their women hide. As Tierney discovers, even though the poisoned well water has an effect on the girls and their behavior, it doesn't explain all of it. The girls just wanted a chance to feel powerful, and going along with it was all the others knew. The girls turning on Tierney because she never wanted to be part of them before is masterful, and truly how young women's minds work (unfortunately).

While I wish more time had been spent on the encampment and the girls rather than the romance I was much more interested in what was going on in the camp with Keirsten and the other girls and how they were basically torturing each other, rather than reading about Tierney and Ryker falling in love, I appreciated that nothing is truly settled, even though small steps are made. This is truly how societies change: small changes of attitude and behavior, not huge collapses overnight, as much as we might wish it. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
They believe our very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. 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.

I read this for the Dystopian Hellscape Halloween Bingo square and with a sort of The Handmaid's Tale formatted society, it definitely fit. The vast majority of this story was a girl Lord of the Flies with some Crucible. I have read all three stories this was clearly inspired by and, well, I hate to be that person but they did it better.

There’s no freedom in comfort. They’re padded shackles, to be sure, but shackles nonetheless.

This is tagged as YA, which because of our main character's age, 16, sure, but adults would have no problem enjoying. It's all told from first person perspective by Tierney, a girl who is about to be sent into the woods with other sixteen year old girls for their “Grace Year”. When a girl comes into her magic, the author is obviously talking about menstruation, the men fear their power so they have to spend that year in the woods to burn it off. The messaging is pretty clear with men fearing women's “power” and so forth.

I want to believe we can be different, but when I look around the church, at the women comparing the length of their braids, reveling in another woman’s punishment, scheming and clawing for every inch of position, I can’t help thinking the men might be right. Maybe we’re incapable of more. Maybe without the confines placed upon us, we’d rip each other to shreds, like a pack of outskirt dogs.

I wasn't really feeling the first half because I was ready for some woman power, working together to smash the patriarchy. To me, it felt like Tierney had a case of “not like other girls” and whenever she needed help, it was men who came to her rescue. The Crucible-ness, along with Lord of the Flies, really comes into play when the girls are alone and lead by the lead mean girl, Kiersten, who is mad at Tierney for “stealing” the boy she wanted for a husband, they dissolve into hysteria and attacks. The vast majority of this was “look how mean girls/women can be to each other and they are the true perpetrators! ”. Not really what I was personally looking for.

“[...]I mean … who doesn’t want to feel powerful? Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re in control for once in their lives? Because without it, what would we be?”

The second half brings in a romance, severely underdeveloped, between Tierney and Ryker, a poacher who, you guessed it, rescued her. The last 30-20% also brings in some quiet defiance and finally some of that women's strength I was looking for, but coming so late, it ends up feeling brushed over and, underdeveloped. A lot was underdeveloped for me, but as this is categorized as YA, maybe I was looking for some context and layers that were purposefully glazed over. The first person pov also isn't a personal favorite of mine, as I like to be in different characters' heads.

The world-building was there microscopically, as in seen only from Tierney's view and while I thought the rules of the land were laid out nicely, there was a lot not conveyed, was this some kind of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village happening with the mystery of over the hills? This was just ok for me but if you haven't read The Handmaid's Tale, Lord of the Flies, or The Crucible, your mileage would definitely vary. I wish the ending reveals of women fighting back would have been the focus more than the fighting between the girls. Some good highlighting of how power structures work to keep certain people down and women's resolve. ( )
  WhiskeyintheJar | Sep 13, 2021 |
Okay, so you know that whole process you go through when you decide to read a widely popular book? It usually starts out with seeing seemingly endless posts on social media about how great a particular book is. You start off by maybe thinking the cover is interesting and by the thousandth time you’ve seen a post about the same book you’re determined NOT to read it, but that 1,001st review is the one that pushes you over the edge and convinces you to cave in and put a hold on it at your library. Sometimes those books turn out to fall far short of all the hype, but every now and then you come across a book that actually lives up to all the high praise it’s been getting. Well, The Grace Year by Kim Liggett definitely falls into the latter category!

So the premise of the book is that all the 16-year-old girls in this community are sent to an island for their grace year, presumably to dispel all of their “magic” that can supposedly lure men to commit sins. I’ve seen countless reviews describing this book as a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Lord of the Flies, and that description couldn’t be more accurate. I highly recommend checking out the book’s trigger warnings on The StoryGraph because there is a lot of graphic content.

The novel tackles so many toxic messages that are both explicitly and implicitly perpetuated by the patriarchy (both in the book and in real life). Honestly I feel like I could reread the book right now and probably take away many more valuable messages. Perhaps my favorite message portrayed in the book is that women don’t need magic to reclaim our power. So often I see authors turn to magic in order to put a feminist spin on their book, but what hope does that give women who are living in the unmagical, and frequently sexist, real world? Yes, I know the magic is supposed to symbolize the power women have in real life, but isn’t it so much more moving to read a story where the women make a difference in society without magic? Isn’t the bond between those who are opposed stronger when we can see the magic of that bond, without the necessity of superpowers? I would argue that it is and I think Kim Liggett would agree.

I don’t want to give away too much of the book so you can discover it’s greatness on your own, but if you’re looking for a dystopian novel that highly focuses on feminism, has a little romance, and a lot of gore, then this is the book for you! ( )
  TheBiasedBibliophile | Aug 16, 2021 |
This book really did not click with me. Maybe it was the audiobook and the narration (a bit over the top), maybe it was the foreseeable storyline. I did not like the characters and I did not like how all the girls apart from the protagonist are eiter total bitches or just sad. I don't think references to the Handmaid's Tale or Hunger Games are really accurate, I didn't find the writing nearly as gripping. Maybe I should stop reading YA.
Still, I'll give 3 stars for effort and the idea, I'm sure I was just not the best audience. ( )
  Iira | Aug 8, 2021 |
Reviewers are right when they compare this book to a cross between A Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies! Read it straight through! ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Aug 3, 2021 |
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