Code Name Verity is a new comer to my “Books-I-Love-you-can-look-but-you-can’t-touch-and-you-def-can’t-borrow” bookshelf. To get on to this shelf, you have to impress the socks off me and earn your place with skilful writing, an impressive plot line and memorable characters. Code Name Verity qualified on every count.
Published by Egmont Press on 6 Feb 2012
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
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That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two.
We are a sensational team
My suggestion is forget the recaps for this book. Go in blind!
This book has it all. It’s captivating, adventurous and holds you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. My reactions reading this book ranged from enjoying the strong bond between the two girls, to confused, intrigued, shocked, horrified and broken.
The pace for me for flawless. I loved the teasingly slow reveal, the wondering what the truth was. When it came I immediately flicked back to earlier in the book so see clues that I had missed out on. I read a lot of the book while waiting to be called for a medical appointment and I was so engrossed that I was terrified every time a name was called in case it was me. I didn’t want to be interrupted at a critical point!
The two girls – Maddie and Queenie – are everything I love in YA heroines. They are brave, resourceful and adventurous. They are also realistically terrified but they never let their fears hold them back. It’s a lovely example of a strong female bond and lengths that you will go to for the love of a friend.
The setting was fairly unique for a YA book. And I was surprised by how graphic and shocking it was at times. In a good way. I like books that don’t talk down to their readers and Code Name Verity doesn’t.
And finally I have to mention there is a lot of technical detail on flying and on machines. Don’t let this put you off, even if you struggle with this part, don’t get bogged down in it.
Who should read this book?
Everybody! Don’t get put off by the YA genre or the historical fiction genre or the flying lingo. This is a great book, well worth taking a chance with. I heart it and I hope you will too.