Thursday, March 6, 2014

Audio Review: Rose Under Fire

Title: Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pages: 368
Format: Audio
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:

While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbr ck, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that's in store for her?

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.

I honestly didn't think that I would be able to love Rose Under Fire as much as I loved Code Name Verity but somehow I did. Rose Under Fire is in ways even more gut-wretching than Code Name Verity but I suppose in other ways it was slightly less harsh. 

I loved the fact that Maddie is part of Rose Under Fire. It was interesting to see Maddie's life after Code Name Verity and also to find out more details about other characters. It seems Maddie has a habit of befriending those that find themselves in terrible situations. (Though, terrible doesn't even began to cover what Rose and the others endured). 

Rose is a strong character full of spirit and determination. I admired her for how strong willed she was. If I were put in her situation, as much as it pains me to admit, I don't think I could have done what she did. I'm afraid I would have taken the easiest road as much as possible. 

While Code Name Verity portrayed the harshness of torture during war, Rose Under Fire, portrays the pure evil of Nazi Germany and the concentration camps. I've always had a fasnication with WWII. It's so hard for me to understand why the world would simply stand by while someone like this killed thousands upon thousands of innocent people. Then I hear people say that the U.S. needs to stay out of other countries affairs. Heck, at times, I'm sure I've said it. But reading Rose Under Fire really changed my perspective. I now realize that if someone is doing a great wrong, even if it's not to me or anyone I care about, they should be stopped at all cost. You can't stand idolly by. 

I applaud Elizabeth Wein for her ability to capture the true evil that is present during war. I honestly feel like Wein opened my eyes to a whole new world. Rose Under Fire  truly is a beautiful story!


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