Good morning everyone! Our week has gotten off to a good start, I hope yours has as well! I’m catching up on some of my outstanding book reviews and today I am going to be talking a little about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I finished this book over Christmas Break and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you! This is going to be a shorter review as my thoughts are pretty straight forward.
As always, a full book description can be found HERE.
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I was a little worried because in other reviews I had heard that the book was written as blocks of text with not a lot of dialogue. I can be a little wary of books that do not have as much dialogue as I don’t always enjoy them, but this book really surprised me! The storyline moved at a pace that was perfect to continue to keep me engaged in the story.
The storyline was relatively straightforward. As a reader I knew what the outcome would be, although I didn’t know the one twist that was coming until right before it happened. Outside of that twist, the storyline was fairly predictable. I think that most novels set in this time period are fairly straightforward as it is history based. Even with that, the struggle of the characters and how the story unfolded was more than enough to keep me engaged till the very end.
I think what I loved the most about this book was the characters. It is a WWII based novel and while we hear some of what soldiers have gone through during that war, to read stories that cross the boundaries (although in this case fictional) it still really packs a punch. The details that went into this novel shows how well the author researched the subject and how she wanted her characters to be portrayed.
I highly recommend this novel as it is a really good portrayal of different events in WWII. I haven’t read too many novels that follow the female pilots and officers over in the UK so this was a nice change! This is a duology and I do plan on reading the second book, Rose Under Fire at some point.