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Rose Under Fire [Paperback]

Elizabeth Wein
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3 Jun 2013

The thrilling story of one young ATA pilot’s unforgettable journey through World War Two. This is Rose Under Fire.

Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels most alive while flying, she discovers that not all battles are fought in the air. An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the best-selling, multi-award-nominated Code Name Verity. From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp, Rose’s story is one of courage in the face of adversity.

Elizabeth Wein is fast growing into one of the most important names in historical books for young adults. In this, her second book for Egmont Press, she explores a World War 2 story of great significance and harrowing consequences. Something made more haunting by the backdrop of the real-life events of Nazi Germany.

Praise for Code Name Verity:

“It does more than stick with me. It haunts me. I just can’t recommend it enough” Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver

“I was bereft when I finished it” Jill Mansell

“It’s about friendship and bravery, loyalty and love, and will most definitely leave you sobbing” The Bookseller

“This is a remarkable book” Daily Mail

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (3 Jun 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405265116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405265119
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Code Name Verity

‘Code Name Verity does more than stick with me. It haunts me. I just can’t recommend it enough.’ – Author Maggie Stiefvater

‘I liked Code Name Verity enormously.… you are sucked into the viewpoint and don’t realise for a long time that everything is double edged and has a second meaning.’ – Author Helen Dunmore

‘A remarkable book, which had me horrified and totally gripped at the same time.’ – Daily Mail

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein was born in New York, and grew up in England, Jamaica and Pennsylvania. She is married with two children and now lives in Perth, Scotland.


Elizabeth is a member of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots.  She was awarded the Scottish Aero Club's Watson Cup for best student pilot in 2003 and it was her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for Code Name Verity.


In 2012, Code Name Verity was a Boston Globe – Horn Book Awards Honor Book, and a New York Times best-seller. In 2013 it was awarded a Printz Honor.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and haunting 18 Jun 2013
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Having wolfed down Elizabeth Wein's previous novel Code Name Verity and totally adored it, I was hungry for more. Rose Under Fire did not disappoint.

Rose Justice, a young American pilot (and amateur poet),is working for the ATA delivering planes and ferrying pilots for the RAF during World War 2. Whilst trying to bring down a 'pilotless plane' during one of her missions, she looses her way and ends up in the hands of the enemy. In Ravensbruck concentration camp she meets the 'Rabbits' - girls experimented on by Nazi doctors.

It's a chilling tale, but also one of bravery and friendship in the face of pure evil. Wonderfully told - Elizabeth Wein is a master story teller, and this book is un-put-downable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sad and shocking, yet uplifting. 20 July 2014
By Kat
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When I finished Code Name Verity I knew I'd fallen in love with Elizabeth Wein's style, characterisation and sense of history. Although I had some small issues with Code Name Verity, I loved the strength of the characters and the depths of their relationships so I was very excited to see how Wein could take another aspect of World War II and turn it into a story of friendship, bravery and strength, and I can say right now that Rose Under Fire didn't disappoint.

Unlike Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire begins at the beginning of Rose's story. There are also some connections to characters and situations in Code Name Verity, however Rose Under Fire is definitely a traditional companion novel in that it can be read as a standalone. It could definitely be read and enjoyed without reading Code Name Verity first, but I'm glad I did as it does give extra meaning to some of the secondary characters' stories.

As in Verity, there are quite a lot of references to airplanes and flying in the first part of the book but they disappear once Rose is captured by the Nazis and it's only at the end that it comes back into play, so if you don't enjoy those aspects it's not as full-on as Code Name Verity in that respect. I also read Rose Under Fire much faster than I read Code Name Verity because I found it a little less heavy, although not any less intense or emotional.

I'm going to stop comparing the two books for now, but I wanted to talk about some of the aspects that I can imagine some people may have found frustrating in Code Name Verity and hopefully convince people that Rose Under Fire is quite different from Code Name Verity in some ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read 17 Jun 2013
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This was very good, a thoughtful story of a young woman pilot who, as circumstance would have it, found herself in a concentration camp. Quite a remarkable contrast of good times and bad times, frequently interspersed with some wonderful poetry. In parts, it makes harrowing reading, in other parts you get a real understanding of what held these women together. The author has a gift for storytelling, I'd definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, heart-rending and beautiful 8 July 2013
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I came to Rose Under Fire with high hopes. After devouring its companion novel Code Name Verity and recommending it to everyone I could think of, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Elizabeth Wein's next offering to see if it could possibly match up. Amazingly, it did.

Code Name Verity was a sucker-punch of a novel. It reeled me in, lulled me into a false sense of security, and then delivered a final blow that left me curled up on the couch sobbing and glad that my housemates were out so they didn't witness my embarrassing emotional breakdown. Rose Under Fire was different. The main character Rose Justice spends most of the novel in Ravensbruck concentration camp, and the story tells of the fight for survival, not only her own, but her adopted family's. Instead of being crippled by one large emotional blow, I instead found myself on the verge of tears for most of the book, sometimes not even because of particular events, but just because of the very real sense of how the daily grind of living in the dirt and the squalor of a concentration camp could crush anybody's hope.

What I love about Wein's writing is that, for me, she has given the Second World War a really human face. I remember learning about WW2 every year at school from the age of about 7. That repetition made the war feel really commonplace, unexceptional almost. I became numb to the hardships and pain of those who went through it. Code Name Verity, and now Rose Under Fire, have helped me to rediscover that period of history and think more about the individuals caught up in it.

Yet despite that strong sense of place, and the incredible amount of research that Wein obviously does to make sure that her novels are as accurate as possible, they still contain really universal themes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. 19 Jun 2013
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I read this tory whilst on holiday and couldnt stop reading it. The story line was gripping but quite gruelsome in places. The fact that this story was based on fact made me think how lucky we are now in 2013. The story is about Rose who is an American flying planes in support for the RAF in WW2. She gets forced to land by 2 german planes and ends up in a concentration camp. The story evolves around the characters that she meets in the camp. How they try to survive the horrors of no food and very primitive living. Many of the characters do not survive the horrors but they were never forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ww2 book for adults or teens
Slow to start as initially set in England describing characters, all quite quaint and old fashioned. But the story realiy gets going once rose is captured in Europe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Codd
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.....
..a really great book, would highly recommend, giving you a glimpse, through a story, of what it was like in concentration camp. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pasties
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant YA historical thriller that's a companion piece to CODE NAME...
It’s August 1944, 8 months after CODE NAME VERITY. 18 year-old Rose Justice is an American pilot working in the ATA with Maddy who’s still mourning Julie’s death. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful documentary novel
I found it hard when reading this book to remember it was fiction. A huge amount of research must have gone into it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Storyseeker
5.0 out of 5 stars *sob*
This book is superbly written, harrowing and fully engaging right the way through. Be warned though, it will leave you with a major case of the feels.
Published 6 months ago by Tank Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone should read.
Fascinating insight into the roles and sacrifices of ordinary women in wartime and the extraordinary relationships made in extraordinary circumstances.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inflatable Zimmer.....what a HOOT !!
Bought for a 50th Birthday Surprise......everyone had a great laugh and the photo's go to prove it.....would recommend if you (and the recipient) are up for a laugh !!
Published 6 months ago by Yummy
5.0 out of 5 stars A very powerful and moving read
Utterly compelling yet harrowing in places. I was glued to each page. Your heart breaks for Rose and her friends and the worst part of it all is although you know Rose is fiction... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kat
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for teens
The subject matter is interesting, though already much written about in terms of the hardships and suffering of WWII victims. Read more
Published 7 months ago by No Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable
This is a book which should figure as an essential element of everyone's "must read" list - most especially those who are in their teen and for whom war statistics mean little in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by William Armiger
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