Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This was so awesome. I brought it with me on vacation and was up late breathlessly reading the ending.  I had heard a lot of buzz about it and wasn’t even quite sure what it was about, but eagerly plunged in.  Quite simply it is the story of two best friends during World War II-one a pilot, one a spy.  The story opens with the spy captured by the Nazis and telling the story of her friendship and the pilot to the Nazis in order to keep alive.  It’s interesting-I’ve read many historicals and I was surprised at how instinctively I thought less of the narrator because she was willing to trade her secrets to the Nazis in order to stay alive. But all is not as it seems in this novel.  Differing points of view weave together to create a whole picture that is at once inspiring and heart breaking.  The action and pain in this book was incredibly descriptive and the bravery of these young women was amazing.  Combine this with Connie Willis’s Blackout and All Clear for a vivid picture of ordinary and extraordinary heroism during WWII.

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