Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Release Date: May 15, 2012 
Publisher: Hyperion 
Source: Library 
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 and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.
I have no words that will do this book justice. None. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is one of those books that you read and sit for about a few hours, mulling over what you've just read. The characters find their way into your heart and you get so invested in them and it takes a while for certain events to make sense in your mind.

So as a warning, this is going to be one if the most fan girling reviews I've written and my thoughts are very jumbled.

First of all, it did take some for me to actually get into this story. It begins off pretty slow but it gets better. I'll tell you right now: DO NOT let the pace stop you from finishing this book.  Believe me when I say that finishing this book will be one of the best things you ever do! Second, Code Name Verity is narrated by two girls, Verity and Kittyhawk. The beginning, Verity's narration, felt disoriented at first but it's when you get to Kittyhawk's narration when you realize how well everything Verity said fits into the story. And let me tell you: the first part was awesome and great but the second part: HOLY BATMAN WAS THE SECOND PART NOT ONLY UTTERLY AMAZING BUT EFFING HEARTBREAKING TOO.  It's such a brilliantly planned plot that I have no words for it's amazingness and I bow down to how Elizabeth Wein made all of it work so well together!

Verity and Kittyhawk and Maddie and Queenie and all the other characters of this books so SIMPLY FABULOUS! I even liked the bad guys which goes to show how well Elizabeth Wein creates her characters!

Code Name Verity is about the friendship between two girls and it's one of the best friendship books I've ever read. Both girls have different personalities but they fit together so well. I love how their history is presented and their relationship is really strong. And this line, y'all, just about killed me. *cue a flood of tears*
Mind you, it's NOT what you think it means. Sadly, THAT is what made this quote even more poignant. You truly understand the depth of these two girls friendship.
Cover Comments: 
It's simple and brilliant and speaks volumes. I love how the hands are tied together and words are in their arms. This cover just fits this book y'all. 
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