Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein Series: Code Name Verity #1 Published by Hyperion
on May 15th 2012 Pages:
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 had heard some buzz about this book and I was in the mood for a change in reading. Nothing like a solid historical fiction to wash out the taste of bad YA para-romance, so I dug right in.
I felt pulled into the story from the start. The beginning of this book really unsettles the reader. Verity is a secret agent and captured and in the process of writing her confession as she cannot stand any more torture. Instead of outright revealing her mission, she begins her tale from her pilot's point of view. Maddie happens to be a close friend of hers as well and she begins from when Maddie first started to fly and how she became a pilot for the British Government.
I fell in love with Maddie and when you eventually meet Verity in the story, she is brash and beautiful and nothing like the broken girl who is writing the tale. The first half of this book broke my heart and the second half began mending it only to have it broken once again. I love the intricacies of this book. The story is told so sharply as the truth only to have it more complex later on in the story. You can't help but find Verity to be the bravest heroine in YA literature.
I don't want to reveal anything, so I will just say I loved absolutely everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the writing was all so wonderful. It was a surprising read and definitely will shock readers when all is revealed.
Final Verdict: For those who want to read quality YA literature, love perilous adventure and intrigue and enjoy a historical setting. This is definitely one of my top reads this year. I highly suggest you pick up this book now.