Book Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

AuthorElizabeth Wein
TitleCode Name Verity
Publication Info: New York : Hyperion, c2012.
ISBN: 9781423152194

This is a book that is hard to describe without spoilers, but suffice to say that it has unreliable narration and pretty much everything is not as it seems.  It is the story of two British women involved in World War II.  Maddie is a pilot who ferries planes among air bases and Queenie’s official title is wireless operator.  They form a tight bond of friendship.  The heart of the novel is set with Queenie imprisoned in France and under interrogation by her Nazi captors.  In fact, the novel initially purports to be her written confession, something I had trouble with at first, but it makes sense as the story goes along.  OK, that’s all I’m going to say about the plot, but let it be known that this is a terrific story of friendship, adventure, war and sacrifice and is probably my favorite book I’ve read this year.

Rating: ****1/2

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