Thursday, February 13, 2014

Audio Review: Code Name Verity

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pages: 447
Format: Audio
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Publisher: Egmont Press
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmf√ľhrer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

Code Name Verity is a rare gem in YA literature. It's a historical fiction novel that is beautifully written, incredibly moving, and insanely good. This combination is near impossible to find so when you do find it, it makes it that much more treasured.  I will forever treasure Code Name Verity.

I've never read a lot of historical fiction which is somewhat odd seeing as history is probably my second favorite subject behind English/Literature, of course. Code Name Verity was my first real taste of historical fiction and I must say that all historical fiction is this good, I'll be buying every historical fiction novel I can. Well, at least every YA historical fiction. 

The characters were wonderful. I grew attached to every one of them. I'm still unsure on how I feel about several of the "bad" guys. With the narrator's account of the story, I felt a lot of the lines were blurred when it came to villians of the book. Of course, we know with WWII there were real, true villians but this book makes you question whether all of the bad guys truly believed in what they were doing or if they were doing it simply out of fear. In the end, the reason for it doesn't truly matter. There crimes are inexcusable but Code Name Verity allows readers to question the villian's motives.

The narrator tells you from the beginning that things aren't going to end well for her in the beginning. Yet, how the things end for her still managed to surprise me. Looking back, I can see the foreshadowing but I was shocked as I first read it. Also, I should point out that this book is told from two different narrators and I'm referring to the first. 

The audio edition of Code Name Verity was excellently done. I loved the accents! It has me wanting to go to Scotland! :) Both of the narrators capture the tone of the novel perfectly.

Code Name Verity is an excellent portrayal of how harash and cruel war is. It will have readers asking the age old question, "Is all fair in love and war?" After reading Code Name Verity, my answer will be a pure, resounding no.  

1 comment:

  1. I keep going back and forth as to whether or not I should read this, but I'm totally putting it next on my audio pile if we have it at my library. :-)


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