Wednesday, January 2, 2013

January 2, 2013 - Book Review - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Historical, Suspense

Book Description from Goodreads

“Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo. Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted to each other.

But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity’s” own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test”

5 out of 5 stars

I’m a little late coming to the Code Name Verity party but here I am jumping on the band wagon.  This is definitely on the top 3 books that I have read in 2012.  The story is based during WWII and revolves around two women, their friendship and the roles they play during the war.  One ultimately becomes a British spy and the other is an airplane pilot. 

The story is written in two parts, the 1st half of the book is narrated by the captured spy’s point of view and the second half is narrated by the pilot.  I’m not usually a big fan historical stories but the story has a great flow and as a reader I was quickly drawn in.  The difficulty in reviewing the story is that I don’t want to spoil the plot, so generically there are a few interesting plot twists and a few places where you definitely need a tissue handy.  This was well worth the read.

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