I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
11th October 1943: A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a shot at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
Before picking this book up, I’d heard nothing but amazing things about it. And if you are in the same boat as me, then you can look forward to reading some more amazing things about this absolutely stunning, heartbreaking, and hauntingly beautiful book (you probably want to just start reading Code Name Verity right now, but I encourage you to finish reading my review first!).
Setting. WWII is one of my favourite periods to read about, this book is no exception. What I haven’t read before is a book set in British airfields and French jails run by the Gestapo, and it was perfect!
Characters. You really grow to love these characters, and you grow to fear for them, too. The friendship between the two women helping to fight for and defend their country is truly inspiring. Though they don’t spend much time together—there is a war on—it’s clear how close the two girls are, and how much they love and respect each other. The friendship is the major relationship in this novel, but the other minor characters all important to the plot and they are just as developed and wonderfully realistic as the protagonists. This book is so incredible with characters that I started to relate to the villains!
Plot. Reading Code Name Verity, you are completely exposed you to the reality of war. Although the events of the novel are fictional, it can be utterly terrifying when you remember that these kinds of things did happen during the war and it really put my life into perspective.
Writing. The formatting for this book is a little unusual but it is absolutely perfect! The book is crafted like a written account of what these two friends have been experiencing during the war and even though much of it is set in the past, the events seem so real and present. I loved the literary illusions and the only slightly negative thing about the novel is that it can feel like heavy reading (especially considering the issues of the book) and often there is little dialogue. Everything has a double meaning and I recommend reading this book very closely and carefully or you might just miss something amazing; this book is a real mind-game. I got completely sucked into the viewpoint and felt everything. SO MANY FEELS.
I couldn’t decide whether to take my time reading this marvel or whether to give into temptation to read the book quickly and find out what happens! I ended up doing both, I took my time but read into the early hours of the morning and when I closed the cover, I’d lay in bed thinking about what I’d just read. This book is so powerful and compelling and I know it will leave feeling haunted for a long time. I can definitely see why it has been nominated for so many awards, it is a truly breathtaking novel and I hope that you all read it.
I can’t wait to get into the sequel, Rose Under Fire!
Recommended to: Absolutely everyone. Please, please, PLEASE read it!
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