Series: Code Name Verity, #2
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Australia
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Genres: Historical, War, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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TELL THE WORLD
I can write again. Oh God! All those months of not being able to write! Of not being allowed to write. Knowing I'd be shot if I were caught. It seems like I have been a prisoner for so long.
Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels vividly alive while flying, she is forced to confront the hidden atrocities of war--and the most fearsome.
An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the best-selling, multi-award-nominated Code Name Verity. From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rose's story is one of courage in the face of adversity. Code Name Verity is shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
I don’t normally review books the same day I read them. Especially not one hour after I’ve read them. But Rose Under Fire is a certain exception because I fear that if I wait any longer, I won’t be able connect words to form coherent and meaningful sentences. Rose Under Fire is an imperative read, certainly emotionally draining and brutal and is practically scintillating in its own brilliance.
Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?
Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot during the World War II with big ambitions. Her love for flying becomes her greatest fall when she crosses over enemy territory. Wrong place, wrong time. Soon, Rose is taken to Ravensbrück concentration camp where her world crumbles and collapses in front of her. Rose Under Fire is split into three sections, all equally vivid and touching but section two shattered me. Bloody heartbreaking. Elizabeth Wein does no sugar coating, some of the things that happen in here are absolutely horrid, and to think that these things actually happened in our world’s history. Just. Ugh. Shivers ran up and down my spine the whole time. My hands, numb. Pure disgust.
Like Code Name Verity, the book is told in first person, journal narration. While the ending wasn’t as incalculable like Code Name Verity, the journey itself was exhilarating. I really love Rose Justice, I really really do. She’s got an ambitious and brave character, not just wanting to sit there and do everything she’s told. She made me laugh in appalling situations, always brightening the bleak atmosphere of the concentration camp. Not only does Rose love flying but we also learn she has a love for reciting poems, and making them. Her personality in general was contagious, her poems and little songs affecting those around her.
Rose Under Fire shows effectively, though not like a lecture what World War II was like. Elizabeth Wein once again nails the atmosphere and blighted-ness of the main character’s standing point, her writing deserves all, if more acknowledgements. I’d also like to point how fantastic the friendships were portrayed in Rose Under Fire. I love them all. Maddie, Elodie, Karolina, Irina, Roza, Lisette and Anna etc. It shows how easy people can grow relationships during this time and help each other. Trust and hope. It’s more powerful than anything.
While Rose Under Fire does not really follow Code Name Verity, and can be read as a stand-alone I still highly recommend you read Code Name Verity first. These are pretty slow reads in my opinion, because you need to savour every little bit of its beauty and brute. All of it.
Survival means more than just staying alive.
Tell the world.
~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy!~
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