After getting this at my favorite second-hand bookstore, I had high expectations. The synopsis and quotes on the cover from places like the New York Times made it sound like such a good book. Let’s just say that as of this moment, I finished it ten minutes ago. I still am not sure how my expectations of this book effected my reading experience, but it was a rollercoaster.
Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Age Group: High schoolers and up
My Rating: 2.5/4 stars
This book is complicated and for the sake of no spoilers, I have copied the synopsis: “On October 11th, 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. But only one of the girls has a chance at survival. Arrested by the gestapo, ‘Verity’ is given a choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. They’ll get the truth out of her. Only, it won’t be what they expect.”
For the first half of the book I was partially confused as to what was happening and not particularly intrigued. This was partly due to the seemingly endless talk about different airplanes and military base names. However, by the time the second half rolled around, I started to get a grasp of what was going on (something that I think was intentional). By the time the book was over I was not only shocked at the emotional story, but also very thankful. This book was very eye opening for me and also taught me a lot about World War ll.
As for the characters, I was tentatively liking the main character for the most part and again, it wasn’t until the second part (which was better than the first part) that I developed a fondness for the characters and really became invested in this story.
Due to the aspects of confusion I first felt, I wanted to give this book a 2. I bumped it up to a 2.5 simply because of how this book affected me. I think that it really was a “riveting thriller” and an “expertly crafted adventure” (as some quotes on the cover suggested), but parts of it were harder to enjoy. I think the main reasons I kept on reading is because I love history as well as mysteries. For those who don’t like history as much, you may not enjoy this book.
Thanks for your time! Happy Reading!
P.S. If you have read this then we should have a talk!