June 4, 2012

Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein


Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery.

Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends.

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.

Release Date: May 15, 2012

Publisher: Double Day Canada

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I love reading books about friendship.  Sometimes I feel like with the craziness of life, a true friend is what keeps you grounded.  Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is one of those books that will have you looking back on the relationships you have with your friends, and has you wondering if you would be able to do what Maddie felt she had to do.

Set in the era of WWII, where Hitler’s reign instilled fear in the heart and mind, we follow the lives of two girls, Maddie and Julie.  Two girls, who in a world where there was no war, would not have met or have become friends.  Thrust together in a time of great despair, Maddie and Julie build a friendship that even miles won’t separate them.

I will admit, that in the beginning I was struggling through this book.  Because Maddie was an aspiring pilot, and due to her love of flight, there was a lot of discussion about old airplanes.  At times, it felt like the only constant that I was not able to get past was that there was no break from the descriptions of the planes.  Once I thought that there possibly couldn’t be anything else left to say about planes, there would be more.  But once I powered through the beginning, the rest of the book was what I was hoping it would be.  A story of friendship, and the sacrifices that one would make to prevent a friend from pain and suffering.

The story reads like a diary/journal of sorts, and split in two parts between Verity and Maddie.  I LOVED that.  Where the first part ended, the second part would start through the eyes of the next.  I couldn’t help but be caught up in the whirl wind of emotion that poured out of the pages of Code Name Verity.  Author, Elizabeth Wein, put in so much feeling in Code Name Verity.  It was because of these little snippits of emotion that were in the beginning half of the book that had me continuing to read, rather than not finishing it.  I, for one, am so glad that I decided to keep going.

It was heartbreaking to read about the torture and pain that Verity had to go through when she was captured and held prisoner at Gestapo headquarters.  To be forced to watch the torture of other victims as a way to have her confess codes and other military secrets to aid them in the war.  To read about how she was tortured, and just how much more she could endure for another week of life….another day even.

Code Name Verity is one of those stories that I won’t soon forget.  It did reiterate to me the importance of friends, and how sometimes one must do, what needs to be done for the sake of friendship.

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  1. Nicola

    Everyone says the same about the beginning! I’m glad I know that now because at least I’ll know it’s worth struggling through! Great review :D
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Totally worth struggling through! I can’t wait to see what you think! Let me know when you post your review :D


  2. Brenna

    Too funny, but I just reviewed Code Name Verity today too! And your thoughts are just spot on with mine – the pilot/airplane info was almost too much for me to handle. SO GLAD that I stuck with it and finished it because that ending was just amazing, right? I just loved Julie as a character. My heart literally broke for these two.

    Fantastic review, MaryAnn!

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    OMG I know right! As soon as that “part” happened I was like…WTF just happened!! I seriously wasn’t expecting that to happen! My heart broke as well.


  3. kimbacaffeinate

    I tried to read this and only made it 90 pages, after reading your review..i think i should retry it. Awesome review cupcake!
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