Thursday, July 12, 2012

Review: Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

Why did you choose this book? I’ve been on a WW II fiction kick and this was getting a lot of hype
When did you read this book? July 2012
Who should read this book? readers of historical fiction
Source: library
Here is a synopsis of Code Name Verity from Goodreads, where it rates 4.39 stars.

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.

My Review 

I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction set during World War II lately, so when I saw all the hype on this one, I picked it up. It sounded like a really interesting story, and I really WANTED to like it. But unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it. There is a long reserve list at the local library, and my number has come up twice. Both times I tried to read it, but never made it past page 55. It just wasn’t that interesting to me. I’m not planning to try a third time; at least not now. There are just too many other books on my TBR to spend any more time trying this one. Now, check other blogs and Goodreads, because I am in a small minority of people that did not like this book. And it’s very possible that if I pick it up again in 6 months, something will suddenly click and I will devour it. But for now, I have to leave it unrated. I didn’t even get far enough to develop a healthy dislike!

My Rating:  DNF  did not finish

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