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 Ravensbrück,
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.
Beth says 4.5 Stars...
In what appears to be a common sentiment, I was both excited and nervous to read this book. I absolutely adored Code Name Verity and have since made it one of my top books to recommend to both lovers and naysayers of YA. I was worried that this follow-up would be disappointing and leave me wanting. Although not as good as its predecessor, I wasn't left wanting. It takes a bit to get to the main action of the plot, with the beginning acting as an introduction telling of Rose's life pre-capture. There's then a brief interlude where we hear of Rose's disappearance from other characters via letters and notes. The plot itself doesn't move aggressively forward, but instead meanders while detailing various episodes from the camp. As with any well-written Holocaust book, your heart will break in a million different ways during reading. The book feels like a memoir rather than a novel, which gives even more of an emotional impact. I would be remiss if I didn't mention the poetry that Rose writes that peppers the novel. Although I'm not a huge poetry fan, I liked how it added another layer to the story.
Rose is a well drawn character and I enjoyed seeing the world though her eyes. Hearing about the struggles of those in the camps and getting glimpses into the heartbreak of those they left behind was really powerful. The Rabbits were something that it's shocking to know was true and it's appalling to consider what happened to real people in the name of "science." All of the girls/women were different and brought their own stories to the overarching structure of the novel. Roza in particular, with her specific brand of fiery resistance, provided a great deal of emotional impact. Her life in the camp defined her entire existence and her courage in the face of absolute evil creates a fascinating character. I particularly love how the book placed good in the most dire of places and unexpected of characters.
Overall, this is a wonderful companion to Code Name Verity. When taken on its own it becomes even better, with a complex cast of characters that will pull on your heartstrings. For a different view on the horrors of concentration camps, pick up both this book and a box of tissues.
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.