Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Method of Obtaining: I obtained my copy from my local library.
- Published by: Egmont Press
- Release Date: 02.06.2012
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team.
Sometimes I think there may be something wrong with me because I’ll pick up a book that has been gushed over and be all excited to dive into it and then… nothing. It falls flat for me. Completely flat – as in, I want to put it down mid-”action” and never pick it up again. Unfortunately, Code Name Verity was that book for me this time around.
Code Name Verity is the third book by Elizabeth Wein I’ve read this year. I’m really conflicted on what I think about her because, from a literary standpoint, there’s quite a bit that could be chewed on with her books but from a pure enjoyment standpoint… well, I’d rather watch paint dry I think. I was so lost in portions of Code Name Verity that I had to go back and reread and then reread and I still didn’t know what the heck was going on.
There’s no doubt that Wein knows her WW2 airplanes and did her research on female pilots. Unfortunately, I know next to nothing about the subject so I was left to muddle my way through technical terms, strange names, and unreliable narrating all at once. And it flew (no pun intended) right past me more than once. I think I may have enjoyed the book so much more had there been just a touch more stability somewhere in the book. I also don’t think it helped that I read Rose Under Fire just a month or so ago and so felt like I was reading large portions of the same book over again, just re-packaged.
So, you can imagine that the “big” moment – the tear-jerker… the climax of the book that just gets people…well, it didn’t work for me. I almost missed it. I was so confused and I still don’t know what exactly went on in that moment. Man, I wish this review was less jumbled because I just don’t know how to explain how this book really just did not work for me without being all vague and confusing myself.
I think Code Name Verity would pay off if its reader had the time to devote to research, criticism, and in-depth discussion. I think there are some really valid points and information bits brought up about the treatment of prisoner of wars by the Nazi soldiers. I just didn’t think this book worked for me on an entertainment level, and it certainly didn’t work for me to read approaching it from the blockbuster viewpoint.
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