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I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was.
–Elizabeth Wein - Code name Verity - c. 2012

Received free from NetGalley

“Verity” has been captured by the Germans. Held in a converted hotel in France she is tortured and forced to give up all her secrets. But in her confession and her report on all her secrets she begins to tell the tale of how she ended up at the mercy of the Nazis. How she and her best friend Maddie met, their path through the war and into active service. Even if Maddie technically shouldn’t have been the pilot of that plane. How they ended up crashing and how she has fared since becoming imprisoned.

Code name Cerity - Elizabeth Wein

Code name Cerity - Elizabeth Wein

She writes that she is a coward and a traitor. That she wasn’t able to keep the truth from the Nazis. That she has betrayed her country.

And can I just say that she writes very convincingly. Yes, the plot device that leads her to writing her story is a bit forced, but nevertheless it works. She never goes into details about the torture and punishment that she undergoes, but you feel it nevertheless. The humiliation as well as the agony are obvious in what she doesn’t say as well as what she does.

I loved this story. Verity, not her real name of course, is wonderful. And Maddie is just so brilliant. I loved them both.

It might be slightly spoiler-ific of me, but I’m going to warn you anyway, this is Show Spoiler ▼

I’ve never read Elizabeth Wein before, but even before I was half way through this I had ordered a copy in for the library where I work, I hope people pick it up because I think that it is a hugely enjoyable story. And now that I’ve finished it I want to read more by Wein. Luckily it does seem that she has earlier books out so I shall have to investigate.

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  • 11 May 2012 - 4:30 am | Permalink

    I am glad you enjoyed this! I just reviewed it this week, too, and I really enjoyed it!
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    • 11 May 2012 - 11:08 pm | Permalink

      Yay! :) I've added a link to review

  • 11 May 2012 - 4:40 am | Permalink

    Yay, so glad you loved Code Name Verity! It really is a heartbreaking story, I kept crying days after I finished reading it.
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    • 11 May 2012 - 11:09 pm | Permalink

      yeah, it really is one of those books that stay with you. I think I may reread it when the hard copy comes in, just to see about the underlined bits. Cause that formatting didn't work very well on my kindle.

      Plus, you know, excuse for a reread :)

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  • 7 June 2012 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I've just read your review of The Perfect Spy and this one seems in keeping with that. I'll add this one to my list. I don't read enough of these sort of books and I can't think of why as I enjoy them so much!
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    • 10 June 2012 - 3:11 pm | Permalink

      It is always nice to have a genre that you enjoy but don't read a huge amount of I think, keeps it fresh.

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