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  • File Size: 1738 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423152190
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y7UVHE
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By H Waterhouse on August 24, 2012
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Oh. My.

When you read enough reviews that refuse to talk about the plot, you know there is a twist coming, but the twist ended up being other than what I expected, so thank you previous reviewers.

The VOICE in this book! The voiceS. I was riveted all through the book by how vivid and rich the conversations were. There are 24 highlights in this book, which is about double my usual rate, because I couldn't let phrases like
"You ignorant Quisling bastard, SS-Scharführer Etienne Thibaut, I AM SCOTTISH."
and
"Oh my sainted aunt! unlimited visibility! unlimited visibility except for the dirty great city in the northwest! That would be the dirty great city surrounded at 3000 feet by a few hundred silver hydrogen balloons as big as buses! How in the name of mud is he going to find Berlin if he can't find Manchester?"

Anyway, it's a war book. It's like many other war books for young readers, about the inhumanity of war and the humanity of the individuals writing it, and how jarring it is to try to understand all that together. I would unhesitatingly give this book to a middle-schooler. There is violence, but it is mostly by reference, and there is fear, the book is thick with it, but each of the main characters makes a list of things she is afraid of, and both of them include Failing Other People. I love books that are about being equally scared of dying and failing.

Fascinatingly, this is an entirely aromantic book. It's like everyone is so busy staying alive/fighting Nazis that they have all the mate-finding and sexual pursuit burned out of them. Except for one creepy handsy character, which I thought was a fascinating and unnecessary inclusion, but it models how to handle someone sexually pushy without becoming completely unhistorical.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Smith on January 4, 2013
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Bah, I'm desperate to discuss this book but I'm afraid I'd ruin it for you. It's a difficult book to review without spoilers.

What I can say is that the first 60% was interesting and good but occasionally I found myself wondering what all the fuss was about. Then the wheels came off. You think you know but you don't. The author ripped my heart out then ran it over with a Lysander again and again.

Stick with it, it's worth the price of airfare. Highly recommended, y'all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah N. Baker on April 1, 2014
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Julie and Maddie are best friends and they are both involved in the British war effort during World War II.

Julie starts out as a wireless operator, until someone notices her particular talents and she becomes a Special Operations Executive, also known as a spy.

Maddie is a pilot. Since the RAF does not yet take lady pilots, she starts as a WAAF special duties clerk until the WAAF releases her to the Air Transport Auxiliary, civilian pilots who ferry broken plains for repairs and taxi pilots back and forth to different airfields.

Eventually, Maddie is dispatched to drop Julie in Nazi-occupied France for a special operation. After successfully dropping Julie, Maddie's plane crashes.

One of the young women is picked up by the Gestapo. She is carrying Maddie's identification, but claims to be Julie. The confession she gives is told more from Maddie's point of view than Julie's. That confession, from the captured girl to the Gestapo agents interrogating her, comprises the first part of the novel. We don't find out what happened to the other one until much later.

There is a wealth of fascinating information related to World War II. For example, the Air Transport Auxiliary had women pilots who received pay equal to their male counterparts and whose duties were anything but safe. As the novel tells us:

"There is an ATA pilot killed every week. They are not shot down by enemy fire. They fly without radio or navigation aids into weather that the bombers and fighters call `unflyable.'"

I was also fascinated by the ever-present obsession with maps during World War II.

In one scene, Julie convinces a farm woman to draw a map showing her and Maddie how to get to a nearby pub.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MC on December 27, 2013
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READ THIS BOOK. -- YES, I AM YELLING. -- READ THIS BOOK. NOW. WHAT PART OF 'NOW' DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

It is World War II and the British subjects all seek to contribute to the war effort. War creates extraordinary circumstances-- the gender and class divides are momentarily set aside in a concerted effort to defend one's country. Two women from very different backgrounds cross paths in the service of the crown and quickly become the best of friends. Both are capable, intelligent, resourceful. During one fateful mission, they find themselves in occupied France under some of the least ideal circumstances.

The writer is obviously a lover of flying and is an experienced pilot as confirmed by her bio. She has a deft hand in describing the sensations of flying, both from the vantage point of a pilot and a passenger. I confess to always being interested in World War II history and it seems the author is, too. While there are, of course, liberties taken with the setting, Wein skillfully weaves factual information with her additions.

If you ever watched the movie Memento with Guy Pierce, this has shades of that. In that movie, you start with the conclusion and you have yet no comprehension of the events that transpired to arrive at that end. Then the movie backtracks one painful event at a time and you're slowly shown how things unfolded.

Code Name Verity is written in the same vein. You think you know, but you don't. As the story progresses, tidbits you understood to be facts are upended and reveal signals of theretofore unanticipated turns of events. There are 'aha!' moments and then 'oh no!' switchbacks and the not-occasional 'huh?' confusion. Eventually, the entire tapestry of the narrative is revealed and, only then, will you finally understand.
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