Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery.
Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends.
But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity’s” own words, as she writes her account for her captors.
Do not give up on this book. I almost did, it is a little slow to start but it does pick up the pace and it is hard to put down. There is a lot of information to absorb in the first part of the book. Code Name Verity is one of the best historical fictions I have read this year.
Two women are brought together because of war. They are from two completely different backgrounds but they become close friends. They work together and become close friends. When a vital mission goes wrong, one of the girls is captured and becomes a prisoner of war. The story is her confession to the gestapo.
The first half is the voice of Verity as a POW. The story was hard to get into it at first but once you get thought the technical part the story picks up. It made me laugh and want to sob. The ending was sad but I loved it.
All of the characters played a significant part. Characters I did not think were important turned out to be very important. I loved Verity's point of view. She portrayed the story in a unique way. She acts as an outsider in the beginning to allow you to make your own opinion of the characters.
There was so much research and facts intertwined into this story. This is one of the best world war 2 historical fiction novels I have ever read.