Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Released on May 15, 2012
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When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. They'll get the truth out of her. But it won’t be what they expect.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from a merciless and ruthless enemy?(from Goodreads)
I was excited to finally get to read this book, I had heard so many great things about it. I went into it not really knowing what to expect but I was glad somebody warned me that it might take a while to get into because it did. I was at about one hundred pages and wondering when I would really start enjoying this one, the first third of the book has a lot of aviation specifics in it and stuff that just really didn’t stick with me, the pacing at the beginning was very slow for me and I was having a really hard time that I seriously considered quitting it but thanks to the many people that had read it before and told me to stick with it, I kept going.
You don’t really know to appreciate that first third of the book until you’re almost done with it, at least that’s how it was for me. It was slow, but it was the author’s way of opening the reader up for this beautiful story of friendship, it was building up these characters in your mind and their passions and personalities. I of course didn’t see all of that until later, but I understood how important it was to get to know these characters and seeing them become friends from the beginning and how they get to where they end up in the novel. It was like a magic trick that Elizabeth Wein weaves in this novel that leaves you breathless at the end and looking back at the whole thing, trying to see all the little important details from different point of views.
I loved the friendship that’s depicted in this novel, it’s beautiful and strong and just so heartbreaking. I loved seeing it from these two wonderful women’s point of view and everything that they go through. This book tore my heart, it was shocking to me to see how I wasn’t so interested in the beginning that by the last third I was dying to know how this story would end and was sobbing at times. This story will bring out a lot of emotions in you, from anger and hate to love and happiness. It’s one of those that you wish it would be made into a movie but done right of course, if those movie people don’t pick this one up then they are fools. It was an inspiring story of friendship and values, of survival and strength, one you’ll have to be patient with at the beginning but be thankful to have had the privilege at the end.Pin It