After a daring mission into German-occupied France goes disastrously wrong, the two best friends are separated, and it is at this point that the story begins. While being held prisoner of war in northern France, and forced to regurgitate everything she knows about the British war effort in return for her life, Julie pours out her story, flitting between her horrific experiences in the prison and her memories of her developing friendship with Maddie. Needless to say, this makes for quite grim reading at times, and my initial feelings about the book were mixed, to say the least. It took me a very, very long time to get into the first half of the book, and there were times when I considered giving up on it completely — mainly because I struggled to follow what was going on, and was confused by all the coded abbreviations, plane jargon, jumping between different time periods, and rambling writing style. When her last sentence is cut off and it is revealed, through a cryptic note from a senior Nazi officer, that she is going to be sent to an experimentation centre, I was gripping the book so hard my knuckles were turning white. Moving into the second half, the story becomes so utterly absorbing that it is nearly impossible to put it down.
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So childish. So offensive and arrogant. But mainly, so very, very stupid. I desperately want to grow old. A part of me will be unflyable, stuck in the climb. They sent me because I am so good at telling lies. But I have told the truth. The window is always open. Gloriously daft, drop-dead charming, full of bookish nonsense and foul language, brave and generous. Afraid and exhausted, alone, but fighting.
You just do. You have to, so you do. There is so much more to everybody than you realize. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code -- just feminine code. Or with anything remotely resembling dignity. He has very strong fingers. And he kept his hand there the whole way home, even when he was reading the map and giving me headings.
So I am not flying alone now after all. But not much room for free will. It is us. We even had the same dream at the same time. How could we have had the same dream at the same time? How can something so wonderful and mysterious be true? But it is. So enjoy yourself and watch! Think of Isolde! Think of Isolde and watch!
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Reading Guide Book Summary Oct. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. 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.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein - review
Shelves: young-adult , recommended Ill confess right up front that Im not usually a big historical fiction fan. I realize this seems somewhat hypocritical of me, as I was a history major in college and adore history, but a lot of times, I find historical fiction more impenetrable than a primary source document. The characters either dont feel like real people to me, or they feel like modern people to me. I get distracted by historical info-dumps and bored by epic scale machinations. Basically, I like my historical fiction very personal and very intimate. I adored it. First of all, I believe it.