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3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,047 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Dutton Children's
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So, Goodreads and I are at an impasse. It asks for a rating, and I refuse to give one.

And it’s not due to a failure on the book’s behalf to elicit a response - in fact the opposite is true. I just don’t think I can translate that response into a quantifiable form.

This is unusual work with a striking premise. Grace, raised to be a suicide bomber, is fleeing her unnamed country ruled by the despot Keran Berj. In the company of a mysterious escort, Kerr, she is bound for the border with a single
Jun 12, 2011 Nic rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nic by: Nomes
Rating: 3.5-4 stars. This is such a hard book to rate

Favourite Quote: Sometimes, I don't think there is anything beyond what is here, what is now. I think that maybe beyond this world - this train, the desert we are passing through, this heat swelling all around - there is nothing.

Wow! This little book, it is only 191 pages, packs a powerful punch. Grace is a heartbreaking tale that is beautifully written.

I am sure you all know I am huge fan of Elizabeth Scott. I just love her writing. But all h
May 22, 2010 Adele rated it it was amazing
If Living Dead Girl rocked people's perceptions of Elizabeth Scott's writing then Grace will blow them up. It is different from anything else that she has published and demonstrates amazing growth and diversity as an author. Tense and political. Terse and exact. Scott sketches an image of a world where you are what you are told you will be. A life without choices and many sacrifices. A life without colour, without beauty, without connection and it is exceedingly grim. A minimal piece of writing, ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Cara rated it really liked it
That cover is what just captured me. You can tell that those eyes hold a numbness but have a tinge of hope. Her face is transparent showing you what she sees: smoke, fire and destruction. She sees what an angel should see but she doesn't visualize triumph at a scene like this, but death. Grace breaks her vow to die serving the People. She wants the unthinkable, she wants to live.

Now, when I first started reading I was confused. I didn't get what the time frame for the events or what exactly was
Amy L. Campbell
Nov 03, 2010 Amy L. Campbell rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, blogged, reviewed
This was just plain poorly written, there were obviously typos and grammatical errors, which I would be much more forgiving about except this is such a short novel. It's 200 pages double spaced with fairly large print and margins. We're talking maybe 70 standard 8.5x11s here. The plot is so basic and stringy as to be a poor excuse for even an outline. And I found the premise totally unbelievable. A person doesn't turn their back on 17 years' worth of brainwashing just because they got kicked out ...more
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Grace is such a brilliantly written book. It's not a chick lit, nor a paranormal book. It's a YA book about choices. Grace has been raised to be an Angel of Death and now she's questioning everything she's been raised to believe. In a society were women do what they are told, you don't question why. You do what you're told. Now Grace must choose to fulfill what she's been told will be an honor or she must flee and choose life, and find freedom, fulfilling a dream of hers.

Grace shouldn't question
Apr 05, 2011 Janelle rated it really liked it
W O W, I'm becoming quite the dystopian fan of late.

Thought provoking and emotive, my DH is reading it now. It explores themes of choice & the meaning of freedom. It's still haunting me.
Nov 28, 2015 Amelie rated it it was ok
Bei Grace geht es um die junge Grace (haha xD), welche in einer Welt lebt, die von Rassenpolitik beherrscht ist. Sie wird als eine Art Mischling angesehen und deshalb dazu ausgebildet, einen Mordanschlag inklusive Selbstmord auf einen bekannten Politiker auszuüben. Aber Grace weigert sich. Sie zündet zwar die Bombe, flieht aber selbst. Ein Zug soll sie in eine neue Welt bringen.
Das Buch war... Ziemlicher Schrott um ehrlich zu sein. Je länger ich darüber nachdenke, desto schlechter finde ich es.
Sep 30, 2010 K rated it liked it
Shelves: library
This is an introspective tale.

Grace is on the run. Throughout the train ride to possible freedom that spans the length of the book, she comes to terms with the events that led her there. She was raised to die. Her life was never her own, she was supposed to die to further the Peoples’ cause of freedom - ”Freedom depends on setting aside everything in its name.” Just as she’s supposed to carry out her own suicide, Grace decides she’s done with death. She wants to live. She is now wanted for her
Erika Lynn
Jul 21, 2010 Erika Lynn rated it really liked it
I never thought I would pick up a YA book about a suicide bomber and devour it in one sitting. Elizabeth Scott has crafted an incredibly original novel about a young girl born in to the type of ideological war that engulfs so much of the world and makes her story relatable, moving and downright brilliant.

Grace is on a train with a stranger, Kerr, both hiding in plain sight as they try to get to the border and escape their death-filled lives. As the plot moves forward, Scott peels back layer afte
Feb 26, 2011 Lucy rated it really liked it
Set in a bleak world in the near future, Grace has been trained to give her life for the People's cause to oust ruler Keran Berj. Grace has always known this was her path, and she was prepared to die when it was asked of her. However, she always had her doubts, and when the time came she was unable to fulfill her mission. Now Grace is on the run and with a traveling companion who is also running from the past.

This is the second book I have read from this author, the first being Living Dead Girl.
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Jul 02, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lori (Pure Imagination) by:
I have been putting this review off for days. This is one of those books that is almost impossible to review. I don't really know what I was expecting when I opened this book, but what I found was a terrifying story. It says in the blurb that Grace was born to be an Angel, I think that is a little misleading. It makes you think there might be some supernatural Angels running around. That's not the case at all. The Angels in this book are women born to die. To give their life up for the cause. By ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing
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I wasn't sure what to expect with Grace when I got it. Okay, so I posted a WoW post about this because I was curious, even if I'm not (yet) a fan of Elizabeth Scott. So far, out of all Scott's work, the only book I liked was Stealing Heaven , and I am not so sure if I want to read her other books after that. But I made an exception for this because it is dystopian, and I have been liking that sub-genre a lot lately.

Grace was raised as an Angel, a suicide bomber tra
Sarah BT
Sep 15, 2010 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing
About the Book: Grace was raised to be an angel-a suicide bomber who would honor her mission. But Grace can't die for the cause so instead she's on the run trying to get to a new life of freedom. She escapes to a train where she hides in plain site with her strange traveling companion Kerr, who has secrets of his own.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Grace is a stunning book that proves to me that Elizabeth Scott can write anything! Grace is a dystopian book that doesn't feel like a dystopian. It's a ra
While set in a disturbing dystopian vision of the future, the world of this novel hits close to home. Grace has been raised to be an Angel – one of the People of the Hills whose purpose in life is to die for her beliefs. Grace is a suicide bomber, and when she sets off a bomb to kill one of the followers of the tyrannous ruler Keran Berj, her own death will bring her and her people honor. However, when Grace decides that she would rather live than sacrifice herself, she finds herself on the run ...more
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
While reading Grace my mind kept going back to the one book that made me want to read more which is The Giver by Lois Lowry and kept feeling the same kind of emotions as when I read that one. Even though it's not the same story at all, it just reminded me of it so much because the writing was just so amazing that the story makes you think about so many different things even after you finish it, Grace lingers in your mind for days afterwards just like I felt after reading The Giver when I was 12 ...more
Princess Bookie
Sep 20, 2010 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: Its hard to explain this review, how I feel about this book. When I first saw this novel a few months back I immediately was happy because another book was being published by Scott. I adore her books. I typically read her young adult romance books and I was a little concerned because this had more of a dystopian feel. Its also a really short book so I figured I would give it a try even though I don't normally read dystopian. I think its a little harsh of me to say I'm not into it, b ...more
3.5 stars. This is a departure from what Elizabeth Scott normally writes (the more romantic, quirky, heartfelt but angsty teen reads for girls) and I did enjoy it. I love her writing style and that it doesn't take her 400 pages to tell a good story. Grace lives in a dystopian like world where there is an almighty and deranged ruler. But she has grown up in The Hills, a place where The People live and they oppose this ruler and his kingdom. So they have Angels that they send to basically commit s ...more
Aug 17, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it
Grace is an Angel. All her life, she was taught that she is giving her life for a worthy cause, the cause of freedom. She’s been told that it is honorable to die and take as many others with her as possible. But when Grace’s time comes, she cannot make herself do it. A life of questioning her people’s beliefs has finally caught up with her. Now, rejected by her own people and unwelcome among her enemies, Grace is on the run, hoping to find a border to escape to real freedom. Along with her myste ...more
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Wow. I am really impressed. After seeing that horrible (too)low rating I didn't expect anything but this story surprised me,in a good way.

This is not the first novel I've read by Elizabeth Scott so I knew what is coming,or at least I though I did. Her writing just blew my mind(pun intended)in Grace. It was so much deeper then I thought it would be. The plot was less important. So the strength of this novel comes from characters;their internal beliefs,hopes and dreams. I feel like I could read a
Grace has grown up among the People, an indigenous group living in the mountains and fighting an endless guerrilla war against the man who rules their country. As the daughter of an outsider and a local man, the People have never had much use for her, so they give her to a man as his bride and train her to become a suicide bomber. The story takes place entirely within Grace's train trip across the desert to the border, beyond which lies freedom.

Scott is brilliant at getting inside the head of pe
Aug 28, 2010 Monica rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I did not like this book because it just made me depressed, I couldn't get into it and I just couldn't finish it. I think it just was more emotional to me because it is about a suicide bomber and I am in the military...and see my brothers and sisters killed by them everyday. I just couldn't do it, my weakness and in no way the fault of the author'w writing. Hope you find a better review elsewhere, here are a couple to try.
Alyssa Rokke
Apr 07, 2014 Alyssa Rokke rated it did not like it
I was apprehensive about this book from the start, considering it was a science fiction book. The book wasn't very good, I'm not into science fiction books so it was very confusing and hard to follow. You need prior knowledge of mystical powers and such to have a good understand of the book. I found my self rereading trying to get a better understanding of it. The characters were in unreal life situations which I guess makes it a science fiction book, but I didn't like the stretch of real life. ...more
Jan 16, 2016 C. rated it really liked it
Before I begin my review, I want to explain my rating. The four stars is not because this is an action-packed thriller that every teen will enjoy. Instead, I liked it because it was a thoughtful book, with an excellent metaphor and development of the understanding about life of the characters. I like the way Scott writes. The premise is simple - Grace is a suicide bomber who has not completed her task. She didn't die. She is escaping from The People on a train, with the help of the briefly-menti ...more
Grace is an angel of death, that is. Chosen at an early age to train as a suicide bomber, Grace lives in dictator Keran Berj's cruel, mad world, one where hate, injustice, and lies are the norm. As her 'assignment' grows near and she straps the bomb to her leg, she decides she fervently wants life instead. Cowardly, or so she thinks, she lives as others die.

Now on a dilapidated train, heading to The Border, she seeks freedom. Traveling with her is a mysterious man, Kerr, who clearly
May 23, 2010 smoreads rated it really liked it
the most believable dystopian teen fiction since the giver. maybe even more believable, which is why it was absolutely terrifying. it made me sweat. quick read, makes for good high-interest material, but the stream-of-consciousness relay of information might be confusing for some teens.
Bojan Land
Mar 17, 2014 Bojan Land rated it liked it
Some moments of the book I was really disgusted. Especially when they talked what the guards do to women and how they treat them. At other moments I was let down by the whole society the dictator built. The whole book screams as if it's talking about a middle Eastern society ruled by a dictator, maybe a place where women aren't so well treated nor respected and where suicide bombers are a plenty. I didn't really perceive the story as separate from what is happening in the real world today, but r ...more
I dunno. I think I was supposed to find this far more chilling than I did.
April Duclos
Total "Meh".

Wicked spoilers ahead. **************

Started out rather intense with the short chapters blinking back and forth in Grace's life as you slowly unwind the world of a distopian future where one man has set himself up as a God and the People who inhabit the Hills try their best to fight back. Grace finds herself trying to escape from this false God and the pressures of her own People who wish her to die as an Angel for the cause. She spends the majority of the book on a train to the bor
Judy (Geeky Reading)
Apr 15, 2015 Judy (Geeky Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own

This was a really fast, very interesting, read. I was surprised, and I liked it.

This is a really small book, with large spacing, so it went by in, like, two hours. But it was still a really interesting, deep read. I knew what it was about going in, but I was still surprised. Maybe that’s because I don’t read a lot of books on this topic, or even close to it, but still.

Grace’s journey was really interesting. It’s sad, and kind of frustrating, the traditions of where she lives. It’s hard to im
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