Book Review: Rose Under Fire

Book Review: Rose Under FireRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity, #2
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 10th 2013
Pages: 368

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?
Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.


Why do I keep reading books that break my heart? When I was in middle school, I was OBSESSED with the Holocaust, we went to a museum and discussed it and I bought anything and everything related to this time period. True tales gathered up, fiction stories, and even war memories from the POV of soldiers. It’s like the trainwreck you cannot look away from, I wanted to learn more. I mean how does a government get away with killing so many people?

Rose’s story was so gripping and once she started writing her memories down from her time in Ravensbrück, I could not put the book down. I loved her poems that kept her alive and those around her who needed them to keep hoping in something. I love these girls she met in the camp, they were so colorful in a world where everything was breaking and dying. The Rabbits was such a terrible and horrible project – conducting experiments on young girls to find better ways to heal (supposedly). That group of girls was the reason Rose stayed alive though. They were infamous and protected at the camp more than the other women who were sent off.

I love stories told in letters, I found myself more involved more engaged in the story. I don’t really know what else to say other than Wein’s writing always impresses me and I will probably read anything else she ever writes.


A moving novel set during WWII, about a female civilian pilot who goes above and beyond and survives most of all.

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