No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.
Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.
With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.
Amazing! The Grace Year pulled me in from the very first sentence and wouldn't let me go. I couldn't put it down. Even after I finished reading I couldn't stop thinking about it. It did remind me somewhat of The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale, and maybe a little Lord of The Flies in some ways. I really wasn't sure how it was going to end and I really really hope that ther will be a sequel. Best dystopian novel I've read all year! Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a digital copy. This is my voluntary and honest review.