Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Expected Publication: May 15,2012
Author: Elizabeth Wein
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Oct. 11th, 1943—A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
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Beautiful,haunting and exquisitely written Code Name Verity is a book that grips you and doesn't let you go until the very end. This book was so unlike anything I had ever read in the young adult genre, I honestly felt like I was reading something out of the mind of Tom Clancy or John Grisham just with a feminine twist. Yeah, it was truly that good.
The book is broken up into two parts and is told from two separate points of view. The first half is a bit slow but once you read the second half it all makes sense. Without giving to much away, one of the most heartbreaking scenes takes place outdoors midway through the book. The scene itself isn't really that long but, the moment the two females share is one of those that really strikes you in the gut. The Nazis were brutal when it came to political prisoners male and female alike. I was so glad that the Author didn't shy away from the torture prisoners of war went through. World War II was brutal, bloody, and lots of very bad things happened and it would of been extremely easy to sugar coat those facts in light of the fact that this book is aimed at young adults.
Overall would I recommend Code Name Verity? A resounding yes, yes YES! This book should be added to young adult and adult bookshelves alike. I would even go so far to say that this should be required reading when discussing World War II. I realize it is fiction but the situations the characters were put in were not. I really cannot say enough good things about Code Name Verity but don't take my word for it, go ahead and pick up yourself a copy and find out for yourself. I will be giving Code Name Verity ★★★★.
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