CODE NAME VERITY ELIZABETH WEIN PDF

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After a daring mission into German-occupied France goes disastrously wrong, the two best friends are separated, and it is at this point that the story begins.

While being held prisoner of war in northern France, and forced to regurgitate everything she knows about the British war effort in return for her life, Julie pours out her story, flitting between her horrific experiences in the prison and her memories of her developing friendship with Maddie.

Needless to say, this makes for quite grim reading at times, and my initial feelings about the book were mixed, to say the least. It took me a very, very long time to get into the first half of the book, and there were times when I considered giving up on it completely — mainly because I struggled to follow what was going on, and was confused by all the coded abbreviations, plane jargon, jumping between different time periods, and rambling writing style.

When her last sentence is cut off and it is revealed, through a cryptic note from a senior Nazi officer, that she is going to be sent to an experimentation centre, I was gripping the book so hard my knuckles were turning white. Moving into the second half, the story becomes so utterly absorbing that it is nearly impossible to put it down. One of the things I loved about Part Two is that right from the first sentence you can tell that it is Maddie who is narrating, purely from what Julie had told us about her in Part One.

It is at this point that everything clicks into place: all the hints, clues and references dropped by Julie earlier on, everything that had confused me, suddenly makes perfect sense. It was very satisfying getting my head around it and putting all the clues together, as everything Julie had written seemed to have some sort of importance or double meaning.

The action sequences in the latter half of the book are utterly gripping and, just as in my favourite passages from Part One, there are some gorgeous, vivid descriptions of landscapes and skyscapes, of course which are a joy to read. And the ending … oh, the ending! The magnificently complex storyline builds to a climax that is shocking, and somehow ugly and beautiful all at once, and very powerful.

Unfortunately I finished it right before bedtime, so of course I had trouble sleeping that night! For us, the world of wartime Britain and France is an utterly alien existence, where nowhere is truly safe and all normal values, dreams, perceptions, morals and rhythms of daily life are just thrown out the window. But what makes this book relatable, and therefore so powerful, is that it is first and foremost a story about friendship, not war.

I think this is what makes it so moving: the ordinariness, thrust into a world of danger, pain and death. It does make one wonder what you would have done had you found yourself in that situation, if you had been caught in the scenarios that Maddie and Julie were thrown into.

What makes this hit home even harder is that you know that this war really did took place, that things like that really did happen, that what happened to any one of the characters in the book could so easily have happened to us had we lived seventy years earlier. It is something that is impossible for us to comprehend, but this book gives a vivid flavour of what it might have been like to live in the Britain of I must add that the depth of historical and technical detail in this book is so perfect that it is very hard to believe that the manuscript is not a copy of a real, authentic document written by real people, when it was actually written by Elizabeth Wein in the 21st Century.

Her research and vision are utterly flawless. Overall, Code Name Verity is a book that is clever, funny, bewildering, tragic and thought-provoking all at once.

I know now that all the time I spent struggling on with it were truly worth it, and I am so glad that I saw it through to the end. Join the site and send us your review!

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Shelves: young-adult , recommended Ill confess right up front that Im not usually a big historical fiction fan. I realize this seems somewhat hypocritical of me, as I was a history major in college and adore history, but a lot of times, I find historical fiction more impenetrable than a primary source document. The characters either dont feel like real people to me, or they feel like modern people to me. I get distracted by historical info-dumps and bored by epic scale machinations. Basically, I like my historical fiction very personal and very intimate. I adored it. First of all, I believe it.

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Code Name Verity

After a daring mission into German-occupied France goes disastrously wrong, the two best friends are separated, and it is at this point that the story begins. While being held prisoner of war in northern France, and forced to regurgitate everything she knows about the British war effort in return for her life, Julie pours out her story, flitting between her horrific experiences in the prison and her memories of her developing friendship with Maddie. Needless to say, this makes for quite grim reading at times, and my initial feelings about the book were mixed, to say the least. It took me a very, very long time to get into the first half of the book, and there were times when I considered giving up on it completely — mainly because I struggled to follow what was going on, and was confused by all the coded abbreviations, plane jargon, jumping between different time periods, and rambling writing style. When her last sentence is cut off and it is revealed, through a cryptic note from a senior Nazi officer, that she is going to be sent to an experimentation centre, I was gripping the book so hard my knuckles were turning white. Moving into the second half, the story becomes so utterly absorbing that it is nearly impossible to put it down. One of the things I loved about Part Two is that right from the first sentence you can tell that it is Maddie who is narrating, purely from what Julie had told us about her in Part One.

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