Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Pub Date: February 6th, 2012
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
Captured British agent is held in France, tortured and forced to disclose the code she must know as a wireless operator. She has a deal with the Gestapo that got her two weeks to write down her account of British war effort that may be useful for Nazis. She is writing her story through the eyes of her friend Maggie. This was a bit irritating for me at points, especially the scene where she wrote of how Maggie met her. Maggie was the pilot that brought her to France, and who she believes is now dead after the plane crashed. The written accounts describe in detail how Maggie got her license and how she was working as a female pilot. There are also bits of the present events of being kept in prison. Those parts have a wit to them, but they don’t disclose how horrible the situation was for the Verity. And even the parts where she talks about being physically and forcefully restrained do little for me, they didn’t move me really. I didn’t care much for Verity throughout her story.
I am not sure what to think of the story – it was interesting at the end when we finally find out the truth. The second part of the book was more interesting than the first. After finishing the audiobook I rated the book four stars, I don’t know why I did that. Maybe that was some shock; some need to like this book because the idea is great, and reading about females engaged in the war effort is something I’d like to read more about in history books. When I started writing the review, I had to lower the rating because I didn’t like this book that much. I think that I liked that the end was finally a bit more eventful, and the reveal of the true meaning of the first part of the book made me think that this book was better. Now when I consider the whole story – it didn’t catch my attention, it was nice to listen to the audiobook because the narrators had lovely voices, but I often lost my focus.
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