Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2014
Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force.
These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive. In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.
"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." (Kirkus Reviews -for Code Name Verity)
An incredibly assured debut novel, full of convincing detail, heart-stopping emotion and tension.' - The Bookseller (for Code Name Verity)
‘This astonishing tale of friendship and truth will take wing and soar into your heart.’ - Laurie Halse Anderson New York Times bestselling author (for Code Name Verity)
his is one of those books I want to thrust into the hands of every young adult ? or adult! ? reader: a story so artful, sound and exceptionally well-written that it would be tragic to miss out on it.' - Toronto Star (for Code Name Verity)
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."
Elizabeth Wein is a seriously good writer. She manages to write female characters that are not merely love interests, or motivated by romance. These are strong, capable women who find themselves in impossibly difficult circumstances. I was riveted. I have two small quibbles with this book. The narrator was very good most of the time, but faltered badly with the Polish and Russian accents. Jarringly so. Also, I felt that the story lost steam towards the end.I recommend the book, but suggest reading it in print rather than listening to it if uneven narration is a deal-breaker for you.