Code Name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Code Name Verity
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In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781423152194
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 24, 2014
  • First4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gripping and often heartbreaking account of two friends in WWII Europe. Have tissue ready at the end!

Aug 02, 2014
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I skipped over the early torture scenes because, well the idea of torture of humans by humans is inhuman to me (i.e. I'm a wimp). They aren't really graphic, so don't be scared away from this intriguing book. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and jumping back and forth in time. Not everything is who or what it seems. Confusing? Certainly it is, but not irreparably so. It is well researched and period detail is everywhere. What is most intriguing is the development of the two lead characters. Although skipping a score of pages early on made getting the characters separated, they have multiple names, difficult for me It got me into the heart of the story faster than some and once there, well, I was hooked.

This is an excellent read about WWII. However it is disturbing in parts
and is definitely more appropriate for older teens and adults.

This was an amazing book, especially coming from someone who does read historical fiction willingly.

Jun 13, 2014
  • ballerbunny rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is about two best friends living through a war. You will not be able to put down this book.

Code Name Verity is a complex novel of young female pilots in World War II packed with torture, treachery, intrigue, and wartime violence with an intense friendship at the core. While a bit slow to start, this one’s worth sticking around for.

Jan 31, 2014
  • rucheera rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nicely written. Keeps you guessing till the end.

Oct 07, 2013
  • JCLKinsleyR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's one of those books you have to fight your way through, then all of the sudden you turn the page and you are hooked. Couldn't put it down for about the last 1/3 of the book. Worth getting through!

Sep 07, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Elizabeth Wein's book Rose Under Fire comes out in the US on September 10, 2013! Here's the 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 Ravensbrck, the notorious womens 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 thats 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.

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Jun 13, 2014
  • ballerbunny rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Fly safely."

Aug 20, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”

Aug 20, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”

Jul 16, 2013
  • sra963 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kiss me Hardy.

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"'Fräulein Engel, you are not a student of literature," he [von Linden] said. The English flight officer has studied the craft of the novel. She is making use of suspense and foreshadowing.' _ Golly, Engel stared at him. I, of course, took the opportunity to interpose with pigheaded Wallace pride, 'I am not English, you ignorant Jerry bastard, I am a SCOT.' _ Engel dutifully slapped me into science and said, 'She is not writing a novel. She is making a report.' _ 'But she is employing the literary conceits and techniques of a novel.'" Pg 57 ( _ = new paragraph)

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"So then we had a genial argument about Orwellian socialism. He (v.L.) disapproves (obviously, as Orwell spent five months battling the idiot Fascists in Spain in 1937), and I (who don't always agree with Orwell either but for different reasons) said that I didn't think my experience as a scullion exactly matched Orwell's, if that was what v.L. was getting at, albeit we may have found ourselves working in similar French hotel basements for similar rates of pay (Orwell's somewhat higher than mine, as I seem to recall he was given an allowance of a couple of bottles of wine in addition to raw potato peelings)." Pg 86

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Maddie [was] nothing if not mechanically minded and trained to react positively to orders from people in authority" pg 66

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"'If you're scared, do something'" pg 66 and 94

Jan 29, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, You stupid ass, just wait a minute and she’ll open her eyes! Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time! But they always do.”
― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Jan 29, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It was a rather extraordinary conversation if you think about it -- both of us speaking in code. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code -- just feminine code.” ― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

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Dec 02, 2013
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