I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Doubleday Canada on May 15th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Friendship, Historical, Mystery, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.
What’s it like to be a girl living in the time of World War 2? And you’ve been kidnapped as a prisoner of war? What happens when you become friends with a Nazi spy? Verity is her name and she’s a British pilot who wants nothing but to fly her planes and spend time with her best friend KittyHawk.
The book is set as a diary of sorts. I always enjoy the diary structure and its insights into the writer’s world. This one was no exception. Written with a detailed explanation of her life, both Verity and KittyHawk write with such honest descriptions that you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported in their world. So many details of airplanes and the like, I was rather bored and even thought that I wouldn’t finish it. Maybe because I’m not a big historical fiction fan, or maybe I was just wishing something integral to happen, but I felt all kinds of lost when the author would switch to third person and first person point of view. I don’t know if other readers felt the same but I would have to re-read certain pages to even understand who I was reading about.
Overall, a wonderful book about friendship, and war Elizabeth Wein writes with a vast the knowledge of the era. One I’m sure she did an amount of extensive research on.