Top positive review
Really enjoyed reading this
on 24 October 2013
I've had this book for a while and it's been edging closer and closer to the top of my TBR pile, leapfrogging many books as I'd heard such good things about it. I always get worried when I read a much hyped book. I've had far too many experiences of being underwhelmed by all the hype surrounding a book. I'm happy to say though, Code Name Verity well deserves the hype surrounding it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I was a bit worried to begin with, but despite a slow start, it really does become a beautifully written book.
Code Name Verity is a heart-breaking read. It deals with Nazi occupied France, covering issues such a torture and Gestapo interrogation. At the heart of this story is a simply beautiful friendship between two young women. I don't want to say too much as I don't want to ruin it for those that are yet to read it. It can take a while to get used to, but once you're engaged with it, it's hard to put down.
Most of the novel is told from the point of view of `Verity' who does also come under other names, which will become clear when you read the book. Verity is `confessing' to her Gestapo captors. What I really liked about the book was how Verity tells the reader so much about her best friend Maddie. It really painted a wonderful picture of Maddie, before she took over the point of view.
I thought both Verity and Maddie were fantastic characters. Verity is so strong willed even in the hardest situations. She's such a powerful character. Maddie's part of the story was even more heart-breaking, if that's possible. She's searching desperately for her best friend. Elizabeth Wein really makes you feel for the characters. Her writing is superb.
Code Name Verity is an important reminder of women's roles in the war. I honestly believe that this book should be added to the curriculum for secondary school children to study.