Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Source: the Library (yes, with a capital L. It’s just that important.)
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, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
My feelings on this book:
THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SAD AND DEPRESSING AND…
KISS ME HARDY!
What I loved about this book
1. The BEAUTIFUL friendship between Maddie and Verity/Queenie/Julie
2. The characters. Maddie and Verity? Amazing. Anna E. (cause I really can’t remember her last name). Wicked. Even SS- Hauptsturmfuhrer (did I spell that right?) was a really well-written character (ya know, for being TOTALLY EVIL.)
3. The humor. I loved how, despite the whole being held-captive-and-most-likely-going-to-die thing, Verity was pretty funny. I laughed at multiple occasions. She was sarcastic and witty and while she knew it could kill her, she kept protesting that she was SCOTTISH.
But really, people, how many times does she have to tell you?
4. The intricately weaved plot line. When they switched to Maddie’s p.o.v. and she was staying with a family whose son was part of Verity’s story? Ooooh.
5. The writing. From
Everything was memorable and beautiful and just wow.
Yes, this one gets 5 stars. I see no reason to why it shouldn’t.