Monday, July 8, 2013

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein [Review]

Code Name Verity5 out of 5 Robots!

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Release: May 15, 2012
Hardcover: 343 Pages
Publisher:Disney Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

***Audio Book***
Bolinda Publishing
May 15, 2012
Read by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell

Shannon's Thoughts:
Wow.  Just.  Wow.  I really enjoyed this book - it was beautifully written and tragic.  It is the story of Verity, or she refers to herself "Queenie", who has been captured by the Gestapo in France.  She has been tortured and starved.  In order to stop the torture, she has agreed to give them information about British war plans.  Queenie starts writing and begins to tell her story.  Through her writing we learn about her life, her involvement in the war effort, and her friendship with Maddie.  This is the real heart of the story - the bond between these two girls.

I hadn't realized that the book was actually a split narration.  The first half of the book is Queenie's writings but the second half of the book shifts to Maddie.  Queenie's half is a rambling narrative and I never quite knew where it was going to end or what was going to happen.  Maddie's narrative, on the other hand, is more linear and answers a lot of questions.   But by the end, I was left gutted. 

Code Name Verity is impeccably written, but it does take a little patience.  It drops you in the middle of the story and it takes some time for the story to be sorted out.  But the pay off is worth it.  I highly recommend this book!

**Audiobook review**
The audiobook really sold me on this book.  Morven Christie's narration was especially amazing.  I really felt like I was in room with Queenie and Maddie.  They truly brought the book alive and kept me biting my nails to find out what happens.  I can't recommend it enough.


  1. I don't really listen to audio
    There is no store in Iraq to actually go and buy one if you want to
    So I might read this book sometime
    Your reader,



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