Thursday, November 15, 2012

Code Name Verity

By Elizabeth Wein
Book Trailer by EgmontVideos
5 / 5 Gnomes

A review in 10 words or less: "Two girls, one amazing story, and a search for truth."

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? 

~Amazon Description~

This review is so very hard to write because writing anything can give the story away, and it would just be a complete shame if you, wonderful review reader, had this book spoiled in any way, shape, or form.  I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction (despite being a history major and lover of all things history related).  It's rare that I can be completely swept up into a book, but this one...this one has stayed with me for days.

The Awesome

The audiobook was AMAZING.  I'm not really an audiobook connoisseur.  I dabble occasionally, but it has to be a spectacular reader for me to stick it out for the length of nine CDs.  Code Name Verity is read by two exceptionally talented readers.  The first half of the book is told through Verity's eyes.  You can hear Verity's stubbornness, courage, and emotion in every word.  And Maddie, more rural and unpolished is beautifully depicted in the second half.  I can't say enough good things about the readers, and to be honest, I'm not sure if the book would have had the same effect if I had read it on my own.  Plus...I'm a sucker for accents, and I got an English and Scottish accent throughout the story, so it was double the fun.

Verity and Maddie just might be my new favorite duo.  IT IS SO HARD NOT TO GIVE ANYTHING AWAY!!  Verity had me hook, line, and sinker.  I believed every word she said in the first half of the book, which made for some amazing moments of realization in the second.  Brilliant.  Wein is a master suspense builder, and she brings such a fresh voice to a topic that's been written about in fiction in abundance.  Nazis, British airmen,'s not new, but Wein makes it new.  She also makes it terrifying and compassionate as well which is amazing as well.

The Not So Awesome

I can't really think of anything...honestly.  There were a few points toward the end where it felt like time skipped in the story and I thought I had missed a whole CD, but in time, everything was explained.  My only complaint is my own.  And it's a complaint that's hard to explain other then that I like to know how things are spelled.  I hear names, places, and with audiobooks, you only get the sound of the name.  For some reason, I like to have a visual of the word as well.  Don't know why...maybe that's weird.

If you are a lover of good books, great books, heartbreaking books, and books with truly amazing female characters, you must read Code Name Verity.  Better yet, listen to it and get fully entrenched in the story.

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