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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,169 ratings  ·  237 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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Oct 04, 2011 added it

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
Jul 02, 2010 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
Mar 02, 2010 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
Amy L. Campbell
Oct 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blogged, 2010, 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
May 26, 2010 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
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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
Mar 24, 2011 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.
Sep 30, 2010 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
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Original post at One More Page

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 t
Sarah BT
Aug 15, 2009 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
Jun 11, 2010 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.
Princess Bookie
Nov 20, 2009 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
Aug 17, 2010 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
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
Mar 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lori 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
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
Erika Lynn
Jul 17, 2010 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
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
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
Aug 28, 2010 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.
May 23, 2010 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.
♠ TABI ♠
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
More proof that Elizabeth Scott is sheer literary genius.
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm really not sure what to think of this one, to the point where I don't know if three stars is giving it too much credit or severely underrating it. Consider it a placeholder rating until...umm, probably forever, really.

Elizabeth Scott (aka Elizabeth Spencer) is one of my most favorite authors ever, especially with YA contemporary or YA Urban fantasy (which I *guess* is what this is?) which are two of my most favorite genres. I really like her writing style and it's certainly present here, and
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
Grace didn't die when she was supposed to. Her entire life has been preparing to set off a bomb to kill a high government official to show her tribe is free and freedom is available for all. Grace has been shunned by her people and is on the run to escape the life she's always know. Her travel companion is a boy named Kerr whom Grace knows she shouldn't trust. When she learns his true identity, she knows she's on borrowed time. He's the one she's been trained to hate and kill. But hasn't she alr ...more
Trinity Casey
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it

My friends and I kind of set each other up on a blind date with a book. When they picked me out this book I was really wary. I'm really picky about the look of my books and this one didn't look too appealing. I was wrong. A complete wild ride from start to finish. Well, to be honest the beginning was a little confusing with all the names but as the story unfolded I was dazzled. I'm a little shocked this wasn't more popular but maybe one day it'll have its time to shine.

I would've loved a li
Nina Test
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I wasn't impressed with this book at all. The cover drew me in and I was intrigued. The synopsis seemed kick ass. Not much happened in this story and it was a huge let down for me.

I understand this was supposed to be dark and have a message but it just wasn't well written.

The whole book I was waiting for some epic take down.... spoiler it never happened.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wish-list
*The moral of Life is worth living

*No setup to this world. Where is it, when is it, how did it get this way
*The different groups weren't explained well enough. Are the "People" the good guys or the bad? Are the "Angels" and "Rorys" the same group just different tasks? I was so confused..
*The book was to short and nothing was clear.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Good read. A short story about a person that learns who they are and what they have done. ... ..
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