Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

This companion novel to Code Name Verity returns readers to World War II Britain.  Rose is a young, highly-skilled American pilot, assigned to ferry planes from England to the front lines in Europe.  She works with Maddie (one of the main characters from Code Name Verity), loves poetry, and goes on dates with a handsome young pilot.  

On a routine flight from Paris, she is forced to land behind enemy lines, and ends up a prisoner in Ravensbrück, a concentration camp for women. The details of the camp are harrowing and horrible, while the lives of the women Rose meets are fascinating.

Well-researched and full of historical detail, Wein once again brings the horrors of the war to life in a tension-filled thriller.  The first-person narration and diary format add to this tension, and readers will not want to set this one down.

Readers who enjoy Rose Under Fire should definitely read Code Name Verity, if they haven't already, and may also be interested in Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.

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