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Rose Under Fire Paperback – September 2, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—Wein has crafted another stunner in this companion novel (2013) to Code Name Verity (2012, both Hyperion) Listeners reconnect with Maddie, who is mourning her late friend Julie, as she befriends a young American pilot named Rose Justice. Rose loves to fly and has entered the war effort on behalf of the British Air Force, transporting planes and people wherever they're needed, until she is taken captive while flying over France. The title character ends up in Ravensbruck, the infamous women's concentration camp run by the Nazis, and experiences the excruciating horrors and intense friendships such a place can create. As possibly the only American in Ravensbruck, Rose bonds with the "Rabbits," a group of women from a variety of backgrounds who were horribly experimented on by the Nazis, as well as French resistance workers and a Russian aviator. Not all of them make it out alive. Listeners learn earlier on that Rose does survive the camp, which makes hearing about the atrocities committed there a bit less harrowing, although many parts are still very difficult to listen to. Narrator Sasha Pick does a nice job depicting the American Rose, but she is less successful portraying characters with other accents. In a nice touch, the author narrates her own notes and acknowledgements. Pleasant music separates the discs.—Julie Paladino, East Chapel Hill High School, NC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this companion to Code Name Verity (2012), readers meet American Rose Justice, who ferries Allied planes from England to Paris. The first quarter of the book, which begins in 1944, describes Rose’s work, both its dangers and its highs. It also makes the connection between Rose and the heroine of the previous book, Julie, through their mutual friend, Maddie. Despite the vagaries of war, things are going pretty well for Rose, so hearts drop when Rose is captured. It first seems Rose’s status as a pilot may save her, but she is quickly shipped off to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp in Northern Germany. The horror of the camp, with its medical experimentation on Polish women—called rabbits—is ably captured. Yet, along with the misery, Wein also reveals the humanity that can surface, even in the worst of circumstances. The opening diary format is a little clunky, but readers will quickly become involved in Rose’s harrowing experience. Though the tension is different than in Code Name Verity, it is still palpable. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Old characters make appearances (and I couldn't help grinning and fangirling with everything that happens with them) but the narrative and the main character's voice was different. Actually, the first time I picked this book I had a hard time connecting with Rose, so I took a break and didn't pick it up until today. And I am glad I waited because I enjoyed it more this second time and Elizabeth Wein's writing made me feel as if I was a witness of everything that was happening. I felt the cruelty and injustice these women received, their pain and their happiness, their despair and hope.
And still, a part of me couldn't connect with Rose. And I did shed some tears but I didn't cry my eyes out like I did with CNV. I didn't love it but I liked it… somewhat. More because of the relationships between Rose and the supporting characters that Rose herself. Because it was in those moments when they were saying goodbye or losing hope or winning it again that I felt for them and I loved them.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the subject. The writer is gifted to make such a subject readable. She truly has done a magnificent job.
The novel, as narrated by Rose Justice in her journal, is intense and unrelenting in it's goal of showing the true nature of the work and concentration camps run by the Nazi regime. It is not an easy book to read; it is a painful one. And yet that is why it needs to be read and needs to be talked about. Events that happened over 60 years ago are still brutally fresh in the minds of many survivors, but that will not always been true. Novels like this ensure that we will not soon forget what happened in those camps, and hopefully will inspire us all as a human race to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
Wein once again is masterful in her command of difficult topics. She never lets us pity Rose, but rather shows us Rose's journey and makes us feel as if we were there. She plays not on our sympathy, but on our empathy, as a good writer should. I am in awe of her skill. Rose is an ideal narrator, because as an American outsider, we share her disbelief at her surroundings and at the violations of basic human principles she sees. And she is ideal because she is a tremendous character, who can teach all of us how to survive when we truly feel the world is against us.
Read this book. Do not put it down. Finish it. And talk about it. Although it may be fiction, what it can teach us is absolute truth.