Synopses & 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 of discovery looms large as she recalls the history and events that delivered her uncertain fate.
Told in spare, powerful prose by acclaimed author Elizabeth Scott, this tale of a dystopian near future will haunt readers long after they've reached the final page.
"Grace is an Angel, a suicide bomber, chosen for this fate at an early age by her father. Grace was born into a war-torn society, where children are raised on hate and ideology and are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. On one side are 'the People,' who live in the Hills and pray to the Saints; on the other is 'Keran Berj,' both a place and a dictator, who believes he's been given absolute power by God. Through this dystopian world, Scott (Living Dead Girl) explores the hopelessness, fear, and anger of children forced to live in a time of conflict, who are caught between two sides fighting equally extremist causes, and, as a result, feel similarly righteous about their mission to eliminate each other. Though beautifully written and undeniably jarring, Grace's story as a failed Angel is confusing at times. Scott keeps readers in the dark about Grace's background and the events leading up to her current situation, but rather than building tension, this uncertainty lessens it. Nonetheless, it's an emotional meditation on a timely topic. Ages 14 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The author of "Living Dead Girl" delivers a young woman raised to be an Angel, a herald of death by suicide bomb. But Grace refuses to die for the cause, and now she's on the run, daring to dream of freedom.
In an unnamed land in the not-so-distant future, Grace is raised to be an Angel, a suicide bomber trained to die for the freedom of her rebel society. But Grace refuses to die for the cause. And now she's on the run - but she isn't alone. Kerr, who has a dark past of his own, is accompanying Grace on her cross-country train ride. As Grace struggles to hide her secret, the fear of discovery looms large as she recalls the series of events that brought her to that train and her uncertain fate.
About the Author
Elizabeth Scott is the author of Living Dead Girl and Perfect You. She lives outside of Washington, D.C.