Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Rating: 5/5

Summary:  A British spy plane has gone down in Nazi-occupied France.  The pilot and passenger were friends, only one of the girls has a chance of survival, the other has perhaps lost the game before it has even begun.  “Verity” has been caught and has been given a choice, reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.  Will trading her secrets be enough to save Verity from the enemy or will things end horribly wrong?

Review: Elizabeth Wein has created a visceral read full of danger, resolve and survival that shows us just how far true friends will go to save each other.  This outstanding novel will linger with you as the last few pages are turned and the tale reaches its climactic ending. 

Two points of view make up this story, the first from Verity’s point of view, and the second from Maddie’s point of view.  Learning the story of each girl provides us with the fantastic insight of the life of a spy during WWII even though most of the positions were fictional.  The elements of this story are so vivid and realistic, and knowing some of what we know of this time period, it is hard to believe that there is a fictional element to it at all as you read it. 

The vivid imagery used by Elizabeth Wein is one that pulls you into the situations of the characters, and you feel like you are suffering with Verity, struggling with Maddie, and trying to survive as a spy during this nightmarish time in history.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves WWII stories as well as stories of everlasting friendship.   

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