Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Review by Lauren
I bought the book
Official Summary: 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?
Review: I'm not known to read a lot of historical fiction, but I am quite fascinated by stories surrounding WWII. However, what made me sure I needed to check out this novel was all the blog reviews I kept seeing. They went on and on about it being an emotional, wonderfully plotted novel with characters you're sure to remember. All of that - and so much more - is true.
I won't say too much about this book as there are a ton of other reviews out there, so I'm sure most of you have already read at least one. I will say that it's true the book can seem a bit slow in the start, but you should push on. I was almost always interested, though, so you're sure to find yourself fascinated enough to want to know more.
Verity is a unique individual. She doesn't always make the best decisions, but she's a fighter in her own way. Her account given to the Nazis is full of love for her family and Maddie, the pilot she left behind in France (before Verity ends up being caught and interrogated).
Code Name Verity is a book you can't discuss too much until the other person has read it too. I don't want to ruin the thrill of reading this book and hearing Verity's story for your own. Definitely one you'll want to discuss with others once you've finished though.
I can't wait for the companion novel, Rose Under Fire. Be sure to read Code Name Verity before you look into Rose though or you might find something spoiled!
And now, a quote that I think fits Verity quite well:
“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.”
And finally, a quote that I feel Maddie and Verity would say to each other:
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”