Monday, April 1, 2013

Code Name Verity

Code Name VerityTitle: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Action, Adventure, World War Two,
Series: This was stand alone, but there is supposed a companion novel called Rose under fire coming out in September
Rating: Owl
Similar books: The Diviners?
(not really sure of any thing similar. Let me know if you think of something) The Book Thief

Words cannot even begin to describe how I feel about this book. Throughout, I cried (A LOT), I laughed and I was touched by the friendship and love shown in this book. It was so hard to write a book report about this book. (Which I had to do for school) For I really want everyone to know that they should definitely pick it up and read it, but there were no words to describe how much I ADORED this book or how I think everyone should read it. Here’s my breakdown of the book.
Verity was captured by the Germans while in France on a mission. She is then tortured and feels forced to give up eleven codes, becoming a traitor in the process. Okay that is all I feel comfortable saying, for I fear that any more will give too much away.
1. Verity and Maddie. They were amazing.
2. The concept. This concept of a spy and the things she faces feels so unique. This book just amazed me with how great the author managed to write the stories of both girls.
3. Verity and Maddie’s friendship. This friendship was so amazing. I have never read a book with characters that touched my heart in the way that Maddie and Verity did. Their friendship was so strong and the cared so greatly for each other. It was a friendship so beautifully written and so amazingly strong. I cannot explain how epic this friendship was.
4. The writing style. The author wrote this in such a unique way, and it was so beautifully written. I just loved this.
5. I loved the ending. I’ll leave it at that.
6. Okay there is A LOT more that I simply loved about this book, but I really can’t write anymore because it will spoil the book. Writing this review is so hard because of the amount of things, seemingly insignificant at first, but really made up the latter part of the story.
1. I read part of this in public. (At a hockey game) Thankfully I didn’t get to any parts that made me cry. (I only read for like fifteen minutes) Be forewarned; DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, READ THIS IN PUBLIC!! Because, trust me on this, you will look strange if tears are pouring down your face. (People, for some reason, might look at you funny or ask you what’s wrong. That interruption would be awful for it would keep you from reading the book!)
2. This book is a slow burn kind of book. Normally I read really fast and will finish a book in less than a day. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE BOOKS. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but if your looking for a quick light read then do not read this book, for it is deep.
3. The beginning starts out slow. I picked it up and put it down several times. But hear me out on this because it picks up pretty quick. And becomes hard to put down.
This book (To re-establish a fact that I’ve already said many times) IS EPIC. My only regret about this book is I did not read it sooner. If you don’t read this book I’m telling you that you are missing out. This is a book that will not be here today and gone tomorrow, I have a feeling that this book is going to stick around. Another con (which isn’t really a con) is that this book upped all of my book standards. I have, since finishing this book two weeks ago, read other books and none of these book have lived up to these new standards. In fact they feel inadequate. (Well that’s not entirely true because I have read other good books, but they lack the emotional impact I felt while reading Code Name Verity.) In fact I have taken two weeks to write this review in order to gather all my thoughts. Now looking back I realize that this is a rambley review with little information and no real reason why you should read this book other than the fact that it might (probably will, unless you are heartless) make you cry and that is an awful reason to read a book. This book, I don’t know how to put this, was amazing. It is a book that YOU should pick up and read. You can go read other reviews and maybe decide this book isn’t for you and there is no way I can think of that might actually convince you to read it. This is me telling you that, yeah maybe you don’t like historical fiction or perhaps you don’t like books that involve World War Two, because let’s face it, that is extremely depressing subject matter. I’m asking you to give this book a chance, for it is possibly the best book I’ve read in my life. Okay I may be in High School and I may have not read all those classic books out there, but I’m saying this; this book has affected me above all else, it has shown me friendship and truth, and so many things that have touched my heart. I would go so far as to say that if I had to pick one book to read in my whole life, I would choose this book. So give this book a chance and maybe you’ll feel the way I do or maybe you won’t. It’s up to you, but this is a book, in my opinion, is one that no one should miss out on.
Thank you for reading my extremely biased review, that seems to ramble A LOT. I congratulate you upon your determination to see this review through to the end.
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES, it is worth the money
Fav quote: (This is non-spoilery when read out of context) “Suddenly she laughed wildly and gave a shaking yell, her voice high and desperate. “KISS ME, HARDY! Kiss me, QUICK!””
This is one of those books where I wish I could rate higher than five stars.


1 comment:

  1. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. But of course, it is very, very "racy." :)

    Verity and Maddie, like you said, have such a wonderful relationship, and they form what is possibly the best fictional duo ever. I love how their voices play off each other, one sending secret messages so inticately woven that readers never know what to believe and the other sliding in later to fill in the holes. The writing style really is unique in the absolute best way pessible.

    But as amazing as it is, I agree that reading it in public could be a bad idea. (Although someone could see you reading it, which would create an opportunity in which you could sing its praises.) I finished part 1 right before an Algebra II test, and let's just say I had some trouble focusing on the numbers.

    I hope you love Rose Under Fire as much as this book! Living up to Code Name Verity will be hard, but I'm sure the companion can do it!


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