I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.
Code Name Verity blew me away. Completely. Just like everyone else, I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll just go with the provided description: “Oct. 11th, 1943–A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun. When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called “a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel” in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.”
Another thing that I loved about the book is that it’s a YA novel, yet there’s hardly a whiff of romance. That’s so rare these days, and I loved it. No need for love triangles! And it was still an amazing novel, definitely deserving as one of the New York Times best YA books of the year. Other reviewers said they cried throughout the book. I almost never do that while reading, but I felt like doing it at the end. And that’s saying something.
There’s one more element that the summary doesn’t mention at all. The mystery. I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice to say, it is awesome. And I predicted a large element of it beforehand. Yay for me! The part that I noticed beforehand was rather obvious though. I loved everything about this book, except for the cover; it could have been better. I found a much nicer cover. Check out Maggie Stiefvater’s “review” here.
The ending of Code Name Verity was so good, and so sad. I would highly, highly, highly recommend this one. Just read it. Please. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorites.
Read Code Name Verity:
- if you like historical fiction
- if you like fiction set during WWII
- if you like spy/espionage novels
- if you like stories about friendship
|Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!|