Saturday, July 28, 2012
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I don't even know how to begin to write about this book. I have been in a bit of a reading rut lately, picking up books only to abandom them after ten pages. This is no reflection of the book, just my reading ADD. I did this with this book...picked it up, read couple pages, then left it for a couple days. Pick it up again, read a couple of pages, then left it for another couple days...you get the idea.
So I had a hard time getting into the flow of the book. The first part of the book is a young women's account of how she got captured by the Gestapo and is now forced to reveal war secrets. The narrative is somewhat disjointed, purposefully done by the author, and the reader is left questioning. Who is this woman, what exactly does she do for the British government, how did she get captured??? The second part of the book is told by the young woman's best friend, Maggie; this is where the story really picks up and is literally, unputdownable. The holes and questions that were left in the first part are answered and the reader is feverishly turning pages to find out what really happened.
I knew a book about WWII is not going to be a light, summer read, but man this leaves your heart in pieces, in the best possible way.
Amazon Best Teen Books of the Month, May 2012: Rich in historical detail and intrigue, Code Name Verity is a vivid reminder of what makes historical fiction so compelling. In exchange for a temporary stay of execution and lesser forms of torture, a young female spy captured in Nazi-occupied France writes a confession of her activities in the Resistance. Her story is that of two women who should never have crossed paths, yet were destined to become the best of friends and embark upon the covert mission that would determine which of them would live or die. Courage born of friendship, fierce hope, surprising twists, and ironies abound in this spell-binding novel that will appeal to teens and adult readers alike.--Seira Wilson