I thought Code Name Verity was hard-hitting, but Rose Under Fire was painful in comparison. The companion novel to the award-winning success of Code Name Verity was just as good and maybe even more emotional.
Set in part in the brutal concentration camp of Ravensbrück, Rose Under Fire follows the life of American pilot and recreational poet Rose Justice.
I really liked Rose and found her story a very sad one indeed. The one problem I did have with her was that she wasn’t as easy to connect to and invest in as the main characters of Code Name Verity and I think this was because we got to see a lot of their history and background.
The treatment that Rose received whilst in Ravensbrück was appalling and we only got to see her side of things. To think of the things that other people had to face is just awful to think about. The rabbits, especially. It made me feel sick to think of the things that they’d been through.
Rose Under Fire was written beautifully. I cannot fault Wein’s ability to draw me in and make me unable to put her books down. This was glued to my hand and I longed to be reading it when I wasn’t.
I can’t wait to see what’s next from Wein because this really was a treasure to read. Highly recommended!
Side note: Only a mini review today because I’ve already posted two reviews this week and I went back to school yesterday. Thank you!
Anna6 September, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Elizabeth Wein certainly set the bar pretty high with Code Name Verity – I can’t even think about that book without welling up! Can’t wait to read this one 🙂
Georgia Walters6 September, 2013 at 5:38 pm
I absolutely adored Code Name Verity and so I’m really looking forward to finding this one! Unfortunately I wasn’t accepted on Netgalley 🙁 However I am so willing to pay for it, haha 🙂 Such a great review!
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Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain6 September, 2013 at 8:47 pm
I really need to read Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire soon! That time period is really fascinating to me, and the fact that Elizabeth can explore it so completely and well just makes me want to read it even more right now! 🙂
Fantastic review, Lucy! I’m glad that you still ended up really liking this one even though Rose was a little hard to connect to 🙂
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Wendy15 September, 2013 at 3:18 am
I’m really excited to read Rose Under Fire!! I absolutely adored CNV. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction. And this was even more emotional? yikes! CNV pretty much tore my heart out. Regardless… I’m still looking forward to reading this!
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