Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity

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Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.

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ISBN-13: 9781743164891
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 614,800
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Wein ( was born in New York City, grew up abroad, and currently lives in Scotland with her husband and two children. She is an avid flyer of small planes and is the editor of the Scottish Aero Club's newsletter. She also holds a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania.

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CKCrigger More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while a novel comes along that captures your imagination, involves your every emotion, and provides a dollop of history that will live forever in your mind. Code Name Verity is such a book. Set in England and France during WWII, two women volunteers in the the WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) become unlikely friends. One is a Lady of the English peerage (most often called Queenie by her friends); one is Maddie, a child of Russian immigrants. Both have their own talents and by strange chance, they end up shot down over German-occupied France. Maddie manages to get away, but Queenie is soon captured by the Gestapo. As Queenie writes out her confession of spying in hopes of preventing further torture, Maddie does her best to save her. The story comes in a thrilling conclusion certain to wring the hardest heart. I’m convinced you won’t be able to put Code Name Verity down. The plotting is tight and exciting. The research is meticulous. The book, although marketed as a YA, is suitable for all ages twelve or so and up. CNV is definitely on my top ten best reads of the year list, and so far sits at number one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a guy, I didn't expect to enjoy this book. I was pleasently surprised when I found that not only did I enjoy the book, I couldn't put it down. The author manages to weave two independent stories together, believably, and supposedly insignificant things are found to be important later on. I'm a man who works hard, drives a large truck, and fixes pipes. Despite all this, I loved this book from it's sarcastic begining to it's heart-breaking climax. The characters are so well written that for the first few chapters I thought that I was possibly reading a biography of some kind. All in all, Code Name: Verity is a very complex and enrapturing tale of friendship that'll keep you reading until the very end and then some. Final note: I've never written a review before so please forgive any errors, I wrote this review to show that this book is more than a "chick" book.
RaeLynn_Fry More than 1 year ago
Code Name Verity By: Elizabeth E. Wein Genre: YA Historical Fiction Pub Date: May 15th, 2012 Rating: PG-13 for scenes of torture Coffee Beans: 5/5 Spoilers: No way, José! Favorite Line: "It was cozy in perhaps the way you'd be cozy in hell." (ebook, pg 62)& "It's like being in love, discovering your best friend." (ebook, pg 80) & "And that I don't believe in God but if I did, if I did, It would be the God of Moses, angry and demanding and OUT FOR REVENGE,and…"(ebook, pg 318) Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review My Review: There's not much I can say about this book without giving away the plot—which I don't want to do. This book is about the strength and love shared between best friends. About people banding together, risking everything to fight for strangers because they believe that they deserve more than what they have. It's about the deep, deep hollow that's created in one's soul at the pain someone they love is suffering through. My throat tightened, my heart ached, my fingers kept turning pages. And at the very last page, I mourned the losses and I cherished the victories and I had hope for the lives of those who survived. This is a fictional story, but the events that happened—the war, the Holocaust, the killing, the torture, the loss of so much—that is what I mourned at the last page of the book. Because in the end, what happened between these covers is only one of a million stories or possibilities of what some of our grandparents, parents, great-grandparents lived through. And like Wein's very last words: LEST WE FORGET. Now, on to a more specific review. I'm not a fan of historical fiction, normally, but I decided to give this one a go (mostly because I was in an ARC requesting frenzy), and I'm so glad I did. I'm also pleased as punch that I'm reading so many good authors, as of late. Elizabeth is one of them. She is, in one word, brilliant. The story she wrote is astounding in its complexity. But you don't realize it until the last third of the book. And here's why: The last third is told from someone else's point of view. I'll admit, at first this really threw me for a loop. I didn't like it. I thought it was dumb. Why the heck do I want (excuse me while I obsessively save my work in Word, lest we have another melt down), why the heck do I want to read this story from another pov? I like the one I'm in (she's funny and snarky and very specifically random). And to be honest, I don't like the new voice. At first. Then I fell in love. Both parts of the narrative are distinctly different, but neither is whole without the other. You start to pick up on clues with what the first girl had to say and how it plays into what's said in the second part. Then you start to think about the brains Wein has to construct both parts to make them independent but then a terrific mind puzzle when they're together. So brilliant. I won't say anymore, sorry for the abrupt ending, but I don't want to risk saying anything that would ruin the story. Please, I implore you, if this book sounds even remotely interesting to you, pick it up and read it. And share it with others. It's that good. Happy reading, my friends! RaeLynnFry.Blogspot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen by my book club, and at first I couldn't get into it. Maybe I was just busy or something, but it took me a bit to get into the story. But there's a particular point in the storyline that gives a huge twist and then it's surprise after surprise for the rest of the book. I loved the little historical details the author gives, and that she chose to write about an aspect of WWII that's not as popular to talk about. Overall, an awesome read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where's that darn 6th star when you need it?
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Queenie, daughter of an upper-crust family, is a wireless operator captured as an Allied spy and facing execution if she survives six weeks of medical experimentation in a Nazi camp. In an odd twist of fate, she is being interrogated in Ormaie, France, where she used to visit her grandmother and where her great-aunt still lives and is a part of the French Resistance. Maddie is a pilot in the Air Transport Auxiliary, ferrying planes and pilots but never allowed in a combat zone until the fateful flight that ended in disaster. Maddie is Jewish. In any circumstances other than war, these two women would almost certainly never have known each other and yet they have become the best of friends and trust each other completely. That trust will lead to a moment of devastation and sheer love. KISS ME , HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK! To say this is an engrossing story is to put it mildly. Much has been written fictionally about World War II but there is always room for more because we’re so fascinated with that piece of history. Having the horrors and the everyday routines of wartime built into the friendship of two women who find themselves in unbearable circumstances is nearly too much and I literally could not stop reading until I’d finished and then I wished for more. Ms. Wein tells a great tale and she does so by making the reader feel that these two women are much like most of us, willing to do our part in a bad time but still just ordinary people. Little things make the story come alive, such as the detail of the first successful ballpoint pen, licensed to the RAF in 1943 and manufactured for pilots who needed a way to write at high altitudes where increased pressure frequently caused fountain pens to leak. There are also the women’s lists of top ten fears which, not surprisingly, change as they learn what is really important to them. Above all, this is the story of what one person can mean to another and the sacrifices they’re willing to make for each other. Even Verity’s Nazi interrogator has shades of humanity, something the author didn’t have to do but still a touch that lifts this book above many other World War II novels. Is the ending of this tale a happy one? Most would say “no” but it’s an appropriate ending, one which will remain with me for a very long time. I’ll be including Code Name Verity in my top 5 books of 2012. KISS ME , HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
Where do I even begin with this? I finished this book in JUNE and it’s been over 7 months and I still can’t get myself to form words great enough to praise this MIND-BLOWING experience of a book. I was left emotionally wrecked after finishing Code Name Verity. It was written in such a way that I felt every single emotion and hurt right along with them. I WAS A COMPLETE MESS. No matter how hard I tried to close the book and sleep I couldn’t because the writing made me so invested in the story and the unbreakable bond of Verity and Maddie. Their friendship was like no other and I became emotionally attached to them both. Even after all this time I still can’t fully form the words to describe this book. I’m not exactly sure how I handled the end of the story, but I knew it involved ugly sobbing and a lot of ice cream. I wasn’t able to read another book for DAYS! Code Name Verity is most definitely one of my favorite books of 2012, if not one of my favorite books I’ve read so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best young adult novels I've ever read. You do not need to be a fan of historical fiction to enjoy this book. Read if you like books with: female friendship, espionage, puzzles, mind-games, history, WWII, strong female characters, planes and flying, love, etc.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
World War II will never be forgotten. This fictional tale takes the reader to WWII and introduces history in an entirely new way. Verity was captured by the Gestapo on a mission in France for the Allies. An expert actress with a can-do attitude and a mastery of the French and German languages, Verity was thought to be the perfect candidate for the mission that went so horribly wrong. While writing her confession for the Gestapo, Verity tells the story of her friendship with the female pilot who flew her to France. The pilot’s name is Maddie; she is brave, loyal, and goodhearted. Maddie has always been fascinated by flight, being a pilot is her dream job. Through their initial work as radio operators, Maddie and Verity met when guiding a German pilot to their air field to be taken as a prisoner of war. Then, the girls became friends after waiting out a German raid on their airfield and discussing their worst fears. Although they have very little in common, Verity and Maddie consider each other sisters and help each other grow and develop their skills. Maddie becomes a civilian pilot, shuttling pilots and damaged aircraft all over Brittan, and Verity’s missions become more and more complex. Writing her confession feels like a horrible betrayal to Verity’s home, but after weeks of mental and physical torture, Verity is pushed to her limit. According to the Gestapo, Maddie died after their plane was hit and Verity parachuted to the ground. Mourning Maddie and writing her confession, Verity struggles to survive. Written as a diary, Wein did an incredible job becoming her characters. Verity is spunky and wry even when all hope seems lost. Maddie is sincere, talented, and kind. Both girls are noble and easy to admire, Elizabeth Wein’s writing makes the reader feel as if she knows the characters. High school girls will love this novel. An audience of teenage girls would enjoy reading Code Name Verity. This book was excellent; five out of five stars!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Code Name Verity is the sixth novel by British author, Elizabeth Wein. It tells the story of a pair of British women who crash-landed in France during World War Two. The first part is narrated by Queenie aka Scottie aka Eva Seiler aka….., a Special Operations Executive agent, and is written under duress at Gestapo HQ in the town of Ormaie in November 1943. SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Amadeus von Linden has forced from Queenie wireless code for the eleven wireless sets found in the wreck of the plane from which she jumped. What then follows, at his command, is Queenie’s account of the course of events that led to their flight to France and incorporates in that her friendship with Maddie Brodatt, the pilot of the downed plane. The second part gives Maddie’s version of events, and reveals that perhaps one of the narrators is not entirely reliable. Wein’s characters are multi-faceted and realistic: they all have their weaknesses and faults; even the evil ones possess a human side; many are not quite what they first seem. The dialogue, too, is credible and the plot is totally plausible, twists, turns and all. Wein’s extensive research is apparent on every page: a wealth of information is secreted in the story in easily digestible form. There is humour, heroism and horror, and enough heartbreak to bring a lump to the throat of even the most cynical reader. This is a tale of friendship and courage that is interesting, informative and ultimately, very moving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ll just be really honest here—I don’t know what to write or say about Code Name Verity. I can’t reveal too much of the plot. In the other hand, I have to write just enough for you to want to pick up this book. I’m afraid if I start writing about how I felt while and after reading this book, I might accidentally include unnecessary spoilers (and I guarantee that you will hate me for it, maybe). I’ll write as much as I can and I shall try my best to not include any spoilers. Code Name Verity is a story about two best friends, Queenie and Maddie. Although they are quite the opposite, Queenie being born from posh lineage, Maddie, a bike shop owner’s granddaughter, that didn’t stop them from becoming best friends while serving together in WAAF (Women’s Auxiliary Air Force) and staying like that even when the war separates them. These two have very little in common, but deep down they are incredibly strong, intelligent, loyal, and compassionate women. All Maddie ever wanted was to fly airplanes. When the war started, they didn’t accept female pilots but soon enough, they did. Queenie is fluent in both German and French. She has the ability to able to fleetingly change into different roles. She can be herself one second and someone entirely different the next. I admit that Maddie and Queenie are very unique and fascinating characters but the character that fascinates me the most is Queenie’s capturer and interrogator, SS-Hauptsturmfürer von Linden. I thought of him as a pure evil guy (even his name sounds scary) but as the story progresses, I learned a few about his life which changed the way I see him and which will cause the readers to be as confused as Queenie. It was a bit confusing at the beginning because Queenie tells her present story in first person, but switches to third person and focuses on Maddie every time she talks about the past. It was a little strange at first, having the narrator talk about herself in third person, but soon enough, I realized that it was an exceptional way for the author to help her readers adapt to constant alternations between the past and the present. The story starts off when Queenie gets captured by the Gestapo in France. Weeks passed and I think you can already guess what would happen to someone captured by the Gestapo—tortured. She made a deal with von Linden. He allows her to live for a few more weeks in exchange to writing down all the events that led her to him. ver·i·ty n. /`verit¿/ A true principle or belief, esp. one of fundamental importance; truth Most people (myself included) don’t know what verity means. I only knew what verity meant when ‘they’ asked her (Queenie) what the truth was—is. That’s when everything started to make sense. Imagine a person reading a book. Imagine that that person doesn’t know the real identity of the narrator is or what the book is really about until…half of the book or almost half. Code Name Verity is a strange book, in a good way. I didn’t know or care whether it was the truth she was saying or if it was really her who says she is. I am very sure about one thing though; everyone—I mean every person—who has the ability to read must read this. Code Name Verity is one of those rare books; heart-breaking yet uplifting. Code Name Verity is a remarkable work of fiction. (I’m very sorry for not being apparent and for continuously switching tenses.) I won a copy of this book from a giveaway hosted by Read My Breath Away. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion and are not influenced by anyone in anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is a compelling and realistic story of two friends in a difficult time of war. Wein was honored with the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature for her amazing writing in Code Name Verity. The story takes place during World War II in Nazi occupied Ormaie, France. The setting is very realistic and written with a lot detail so that everything comes to life. During Part 1 of the book, we are introduced to the anonymous narrator, who goes by the code name of Verity. The Gestapo (Nazi police) capture Verity and take her to a high security prison because of her status as a British spy. Later in Part 2, Wein takes the audience to the prospective of Verity’s best friend and British pilot, Maddie Brodatt. In the first section of the book, the Gestapo captures Verity wandering around the streets of Ormaie. When they take her to prison, they heavily interrogate her and compel her to give up British code. Verity also writes a “full confession”, but, because she is ashamed of what she used to be like, she writes from the point of view of her best friend, Maddie. “After the ridiculous deal I made with SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden, I know I am a coward. And I’m going to give you anything you ask, everything I can remember,” (Wein 3). Although Verity is aware that giving up the information makes her a traitor, she also knows that it is her best bet at making it out alive. The confession follows all of Maddie’s flight career, as well as Maddie’s and Verity’s friendship up until the point of capture. When the second section starts, the point of view switches to Maddie’s in her current role as an “undercover” pilot in France. The story tracks her efforts and those of the other righteous civilians as they fight the Nazis and try to free the prisoners in the Nazi prison One of the many themes of Code Name Verity is that even in the worst conditions, strong friendships can still be found and cherished. Although the subject of Nazi prisons and war are most of the time “touchy” subjects, and are sometimes shied away from, Wein does an amazing job combining the dark subject with light dialogue and sassy characters. The author’s style can sometimes be confusing in that she often changes the perspective and setting of the book between Verity and Maddie in the first part of the book. This technique can make it difficult to know who is narrating. However, overall, the plot is very well thought out and the protagonists are very dynamic. By the end of the story, all the loose ends are tied up, there’s a wonderful plot twist, and the characters are moving forward. If I were to have one complaint about the book and the characters, it would be that some of the more minor characters we meet are not as dynamic and in depth as they could have been. Nonetheless, the dialogue between characters flows well, and makes sense. I would recommend this book to any reader at least 12 years old due to the use of strong content. The story includes detailed interrogations, fighting, and other more advanced concepts. Overall, Code Name Verity is wonderfully written and is a powerful and compelling story of strong friendships during a time of great despair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A+ novel.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
"It's like being in love, discovering your best friend." Code Name Verity (2012) by Elizabeth Wein is a strange book in that, I'm not sure what I can actually tell you about it without ruining everything. A plane has crashed in Nazi-occupied France. The passenger and the pilot are best friends. One girl might be able to save herself while the other never really stood a chance. Faced with an impossible situation, one of the girls begins to weave an intricate confession. Some of it might be embellished, some of it might even be false. But in the end all of it is ultimately the truth--both of her mission and a friendship that transcends all obstacles. Broken into two parts, Code Name Verity is a masterfully written book as, time and time again, Wein takes everything readers know and turns it upside down as another dimension is added to the plot and its intricate narrative. If a sign of excellent historical fiction is believing all of the details are presented as fact, then the sign of an excellent novel might well be wanting to re-read it immediately to see just how well all of the pieces fit together. Code Name Verity meets both of these criteria. With wartime England and France as a backdrop, there is always a vague sense of foreboding and danger hanging over these characters. There is death and violence. There is action and danger. And yet there are also genuinely funny moments and instances of love and resistance. Nothing in Code Name Verity is what it seems upon first reading--sometimes not even upon second reading. This book is undoubtedly a stunning work of historical fiction filled with atmospheric details of everything from airplanes to Scottish landscapes. But what really sets Code Name Verity apart is the dazzling writing and intricate plot that Wein presents. Then, beyond the plotting and the details, there are the two amazing young women at the center of a book that could have been about war or flying or even spies but ultimately became a book about true friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And, as a bonus, I'm actually in the YA reading age group! The language and setting and charavters are just doesn't get that horrible forgery feeling from so many 'lesser' historical fictions. And the plot strikes a balance between being exciting and worth reading and being plausible.
Jon_Levy More than 1 year ago
This was a really wonderful book, about courage, loyalty and true friendship, even love, between two young women.  I was totally caught up in the story and in the lives of the women who were the central characters.  It also gave me a feeling of the bravery and daring that many showed during WW II, as well as knowledge about an aspect of  the war that I knew nothing about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite books. Every page makes you think harder and the two girls' friendship is incredible. Was not able to put it down for a single moment- unless I needed a tissue from my crying. Elizabeth creates a believable and heart-stopping story about true friends. Worth every penny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a lovely book of heartbreak, defiance, and humor. Code Name Verity was an amazing tale of two best friends trapped in the chaos of WW 2. This book is appropriate for ages 10 and up, and was neither an easy nor difficult read. I enjoyed it, and I am so exited for the next book to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was extrodinary. I am not giving a summary of this book because 1. I don't know how and 2. Others have. All I will say is that when I checked this out of the library I didn't expect what I read. I laughed and I cried, a lot, and I was utterly amazed by this book. It was one of those books that I got connected to and at times it made my heart ache. I recommend this book to everyone. It wa so good I had to go iut and buy my own copy because I want to read it forever. I mean I'll admit that at times I had to reread some things because they were confusing, but this book was so good it was worth it, it was so good I read it in 4 hours. I highly recommend you read this book beacause it is magnificent and worth the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not have children, nor am I close with children who are young adults, and so given what I read about the decline of education and how young adults are increasingly self-absorbed and out of touch with the world around them, I'm very uncertain how this book ended up in the YA genre. This would be great summer reading for a upperclassman in high school or even college student, but I think it'd be disturbing for anyone under the age of 16. Just my two cents and again, not a parent. All that aside, this is an incredibly well-written story. You learn about best friends Maddie and Queenie through Queenie's confession/statement to the Nazis. Further into the book one may think she is incredibly self absorbed and/or flakey, but everything is quite deliberate in the end. You see the incredible strength of two young women trying to overcome sexism and prove that women are just as brave and honorable as men. And succeed. Again, incredibly well-written, detailed, and dramatic (in the good sense, not melodrama). As Lt. C. Carwood Lipton of Easy Company once said, "It was a different time back then."
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
Dark, gritty and strangely compelling are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about this book. Code Name Verity is the story of two young women who live in the World War II era.  Each are doing men's jobs as the war in Europe continues.  When their plane gets shot down behind enemy lines, or should I say, Nazi-occupied France, it becomes a story of torture, sorrow, survival and maybe even treachery. When I first started reading this book, I will admit to having been slightly confused about the 'voices' of the book, and it was only as I read further that I understood the complexity of it and the book itself.  Written in first voice, but alternating between that and third voice as the story continued, there is no denying that this book had the power to suck me into its murky depths, and, yes, I drowned.  I cried.  There.  I said it.  My heart broke as much as Maddie's did when I read the last few chapters.  The slight bit of hope I had during the story was squashed flat - flatter than a pizza base. I fell in love with these characters - Julie and Maddie.  They were both very strong female characters - each doing their best to survive in one of the harshest times you can - during war.  Their characteristics seemed so real and their pain and turmoil became mine.  That's the sign of a good book.  When a reader has a deep connection with the characters it's hard for them not to like, even love, the book they're reading.  Yeah, that's how I felt. What made this book even more compelling were the fields the women had chosen to work in during the war effort.  I know enough about the Second World War to know that there was a shortage of men so women had to step up and take over their jobs to keep the country running, but these two women went one step further.  One was a pilot - the other a spy.  And the writing was done in such a way that it felt like there was a story within a story.  When it was written in the third voice that was where I learned about the dynamics between Julie and Maddie's friendship and the events that lead up to the crash-landing and capture. There was a lot of information about planes and other things, which I kind of brushed over, even though it was really interesting to learn about things I didn't know much about.  I was too caught up with the friendships between the women and the tension and mystery flowing throughout the book.  I think as far as the plot goes, it was sensational.  Historical fiction, good historical fiction, always knows how to get to me.  This book was no exception.  I love historical fiction, even if I don't read enough of it.   And what's also rare about this book was that there was no romance in it - none, and even though I love romance, I didn't care there wasn't any in this book.  It would have felt wrong if there had been. I would recommend this book to everyone.  Everyone should give this book a chance so they can discover if it is for them or not.  As for me, I loved it.
LindaFictionFervor More than 1 year ago
I am not a fan of historical fiction. No, I've never particularly enjoyed the genre. I've always been a fantasy and sci fi girl through and through, but I decided to give Code Name Verity a chance for two reasons: (1) I thought it was about time that I tried something new and (2) this book was so hyped-up and I was curious. Admittedly, I don't like hyped-up books. I always like rooting for the underdogs, so whenever I see a hyped-up book, I want to read it to prove everyone else wrong. I want to prove that another book--one of the underdogs--is better. Sometimes I do finish the book and think, "So-and-so book was better." And sometimes I finish the book and think, "I was wrong." Code Name Verity was one of the latter. The first few pages of this book were a bore. I was looking for an excuse to drop it, but I decided that I'd give it fifty pages before I'd start another book. The narrator--"Verity"--seemed to draw out her words, making her sentences much longer than they had to be. I had trouble deciphering her eloquent language, and I mostly skimmed over the tedious descriptions she provided. Somewhere in those fifty pages, I realized that the writing was just her style. Fifty pages along, I got too caught up in the plot to even think about her writing style. Even though I have never been a fan of history (hey, this A+ student here is a whiz in math and science, all right?), World War II has always been such an interesting topic to me. War is just so horribly fascinating. Not the machinery and aircraft used, no. (I get bored to death, hearing about those.) No, it's the people. The spies. The interrogators. The pilots. The soldiers. They fascinate me, these people who are willing to lay down their lives for a cause they believe in. And the people in this book are just so plausible. They could be one of my friends. And they all have their faults and imperfections, but they also have their good aspects. I loved Verity and Maddie and Jamie. I loved how Verity always took offense when people called her English (she's Scottish), I loved the feeling Maddie had when she was in the air, I loved how understanding Jamie was. These people--HOW ARE THEY SO BELIEVABLE. And the complexities in this novel! ELIZABETH WEIN, YOU ARE GENIUS. Surprises hitting me AT EVERY TURN, and clues being passed EVER SO SUBTLY. Just absolutely genius. I really wish I could say more on the subject, but there would be simply too many spoilers. And perhaps the most important aspect: Verity and Maddie's relationship. I have a best friend, you see, who's been with me for eleven years of my life. (Considering that I'm only a teen, that's more than half my life.) And I get it. I really do. The knowing someone like the back of your hand, the emotions behind everything that you do. I get it. It's hard to explain--it really is--but Wein captures it so perfectly. Code Name Verity was fabulous. It's more than a book about the hardships of war. It's a book about a bond so deep that death can't sever. The name of that bond? Friendship. Source: ARC/galley received from publisher for review
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
I love reading books about friendship. Sometimes I feel like with the craziness of life, a true friend is what keeps you grounded. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is one of those books that will have you looking back on the relationships you have with your friends, and has you wondering if you would be able to do what Maddie felt she had to do. Set in the era of WWII, where Hitler’s reign instilled fear in the heart and mind, we follow the lives of two girls, Maddie and Julie. Two girls, who in a world where there was no war, would not have met or have become friends. Thrust together in a time of great despair, Maddie and Julie build a friendship that even miles won’t separate them. I will admit, that in the beginning I was struggling through this book. Because Maddie was an aspiring pilot, and due to her love of flight, there was a lot of discussion about old airplanes. At times, it felt like the only constant that I was not able to get past was that there was no break from the descriptions of the planes. Once I thought that there possibly couldn’t be anything else left to say about planes, there would be more. But once I powered through the beginning, the rest of the book was what I was hoping it would be. A story of friendship, and the sacrifices that one would make to prevent a friend from pain and suffering. The story reads like a diary/journal of sorts, and split in two parts between Verity and Maddie. I LOVED that. Where the first part ended, the second part would start through the eyes of the next. I couldn’t help but be caught up in the whirl wind of emotion that poured out of the pages of Code Name Verity. Author, Elizabeth Wein, put in so much feeling in Code Name Verity. It was because of these little snippits of emotion that were in the beginning half of the book that had me continuing to read, rather than not finishing it. I, for one, am so glad that I decided to keep going. It was heartbreaking to read about the torture and pain that Verity had to go through when she was captured and held prisoner at Gestapo headquarters. To be forced to watch the torture of other victims as a way to have her confess codes and other military secrets to aid them in the war. To read about how she was tortured, and just how much more she could endure for another week of life….another day even. Code Name Verity is one of those stories that I won’t soon forget. It did reiterate to me the importance of friends, and how sometimes one must do, what needs to be done for the sake of friendship.
ErisofDiscord on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I stayed up till two last night trying to desperately finish this book, even though I knew that the ending could never be happy. Still... I hoped. I hoped.It's World War II, and "Verity," a Scottish spy, is captured by the Gestapo while conducting a secret operation in France. In order to prolong her life, she agrees to tell her captors the truth about her life and her work as a spy. The first half or so of the book is her personal confession, and she tells the truth - but that truth might not be what the Nazis were expecting. Verity is not the only one who is in danger from the Nazis - her best friend, Maddie, a civilian pilot who delivered Verity to France, is also in France, hiding from the Gestapo, and she is desperate to find her captured friend.The sacrifices that each girl makes for the other broke my heart, and their characters really grew in my mind, until I could not put the book down. I am not very familiar with the role of women during World War II, especially in Britain, but from what little I studied, this book is for the most part historically plausible.There is only one very small peeve that I have, and that isn't even with the book itself. It's with the historical notice. Now, I know this is me being a Douchey McNitpick, but this small sentence did bother me a tad at about 2 in the morning last night. It was at the very last paragraph of her end-of-the-book historical notice, where Wein thanks the people who were involved with World War II and influenced her throughout her life. Here's the quote, where she described what these people did:"...who during the global conflict of the Second World War were variously Resistance fighters, camouflage unit artists, RAF fighter pilots, and USAF transport pilots, child evacuees, prisoners in American as well as German concentration camps..."Sigh. The detainment of Japanese-Americans during World War II by FDR was an easy way out to the difficult problem of Japanese spies in America, but I don't believe it was the right way. It was cruel and it was not complementary with the values of freedom and liberty that my country stands for. However, I would not have chosen to put the American internment camps in the same breath as the German concentration camps. I respect my audience very highly, so I doubt that I need to go into the atrocities that happened at the Nazi prison camps, as well as the inhumane actions at the Japanese concentration camps. My only wish is that Wein would've chosen her words more carefully, because the American internment camps are not comparable to the German or Japanese concentration camps.Other than that small sentence (which isn't even techincally a part of the story anyway), this book was a deep and moving read for me. It's rare nowadays for there to be a good YA book about a close friendship, especially between two people of the same sex. Everyone assumes that two people who are very close are romantically in love, but that is not always the case, and I believe it is a great disservice to what love is if we all think that. I hope that there will be more books like "Code Name Verity" that show the power of a close and passionate friendship.Best quote from the book: "It's like being in love, discovering your best friend."