Audiobook Review

The Grace Year

By
Kim Liggett
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Performance
Overall
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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

Creepy and evocative.

THE BIRDICT

🧡 This is a beautifully crafted dystopia with an original take on female oppression. The romance elements do seem to happen a touch too fast, but I forgave that because the overall concept had so many layers.

💚 The idea that teenage girls are ‘dangerous’ to grown men together with the ambiguous addition of girls having magic is an effective metaphor for exploitation and sexualisation.

💜 If you like this, try The Water Cure, Gather the Daughters and Vox.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

🎧 Emily Shaffer reads this expressively and brings the characters to life.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: SIMILAR AUDIOBOOKS

No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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The Grace Year

THE BLURB

The resistance starts here....

No one speaks of the grace year.

It's forbidden.

We're told we have the power to lure grown men from their beds, make boys lose their minds, and drive the wives mad with jealousy. That's why we're banished for our 16th year, to release our magic into the wild before we're allowed to return to civilisation. But I don't feel powerful. I don't feel magical.

Tierney James lives in an isolated village where girls are banished at 16 to the northern forest to brave the wilderness - and each other - for a year. They must rid themselves of their dangerous magic before returning purified and ready to marry - if they're lucky.

It is forbidden to speak of the grace year, but even so every girl knows that the coming year will change them - if they survive it....

The Grace Year is The Handmaid's Tale meets Lord of the Flies - a feminist dystopia about a young woman trapped in an oppressive society, fighting to take control of her own life.