12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part XI

The Grace Year

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. 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.

Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games. Um, maybe. To be fair, I hated the former and loved the latter. There’s a hint of Lord of the Flies, too. But the general atmosphere of The Grace Year is closer to Katniss’s than Offred’s or the wrecked boys; first because it’s set in a forest and it’s about primal survival, and second because Tierney isn’t submissive and/or resolved to her fate. She kicks ass.

My 5-starred books:

Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane
This Won’t End Well, by Camille Pagán (realeased 2020)
The Queen of Hearts, by Kimmery Martin
The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett (realeased 2019)
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins