Monday, June 4, 2012

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity is a story of friendship and courage told against the backdrop of World War 2.  The story is told from the point of view of an unreliable narrator who is held captive by the Gestapo in occupied France.  She is there after crash landing with her best friend and pilot, Maddie.  The story is “Verity’s” confession and is told in a narrative of how she met and became best friends with Maddie in wartime England, detailing their activities during the war.  

This is an incredibly heartwarming story that is both tragic and heroic.  The last quarter of the book was literally read with a lump in my throat.  While the story and some of the locations were fictional, they were based on real locales.  The details provided by author Elizabeth Wein were well-researched and add to the realism of the story.  The story highlights the heroic actions of those not on the front lines, but who served in the resistance or served in whatever capacity was available to them.  

The friendship of the two girls is the driving force of the novel and is truly compelling.  The pages fly by as you are drawn further into their lives.  The bravery in the face of evil and danger is admirable.  The complicated lives and actions of people on both sides of the conflict is handled deftly.  This is a story that will linger with you long after the final word.  A truly amazing story that should appeal to all ages.

I was fortunate to receive an advance copy from netgalley.