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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: Mini Book Review

Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-1-4231-8309-9
Buy from Indigo - (Cover in review is U.S. version which sorry I liked better)

Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • more accessible writing style than in Code Name Verity (But I also enjoyed the writing style in Code Name Verity - but this may appeal to more readers)
  • Incredible, realistic character development. Rose goes from such a young and naive girl who changes into a ghost of herself, yet you still can see that young Rose is still there and will eventually heal
  • Realistic portrayal of war with no glossing over of the horror and the dullness of it all
  • Nice to see mentions of Maddie . I enjoyed reading about what has happened in her life since the end of Code Name Verity
  • Author nicely gives you a little bit of a history lesson and you learn things without even realizing this. I've said this before this is a true gift - education all wrapped up in a compelling story. I even learned a great deal
  • Beautiful see the camaraderie of  women of all nationalities and walks of life
  • Not a fan of poetry but it is beautifully used in this story. Brings the beauty, expression and thoughts and hope amid such depravity and despair
  • Nice to see the light moments and solidarity among the women
  • As a mom and library worker, I am impressed with the addition of the factual information added at the end of the story
  • Excellent companion story, do however read Code Name Verity first (though you really don't have to) as to avoid a few spoilers

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Was frustrated at times with Rose and the choices she made - but really, I have never been held in captivity so I really shouldn't judge (Can't say why or I would spoil certain plot points

Favorite Quotes

"Why do they go for your ankles, which are the hardest part of your body to reach when you're pretending to stand at attention? Are fleas in league with the SS?"

"Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?"

"You really are the world's worst pain in the neck, " But my heart ached for her bravery."

4.5/5 Dewey's

I picked this up at BookExpo America 2013 and it is signed by the author

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