Code Name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein
Publication date: Feb. 6, 2012
Egmont Press, 452 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
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.
— Goodreads.com description
Oh holy mother of mercy THIS BOOK.
You guys. THIS BOOK.
Okay, let me gather myself. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is the story of a young British secret agent held prisoner during WWII and tortured by Nazi investigators. Though the subject matter is serious, the narration is hilarious – think of someone like Ruby Oliver but in Scotland in the 1940s.
It’s best you know nothing more than that.
Truly, Code Name Verity doesn’t seem like the type of book I’d like. I mean, you KNOW there’s not going to be a sweeping love story and there’s likely to be tears. So it was slow going at first for me, in all honesty.
But Elizabeth Wein is just a pure genius, because piece by piece, as the story begins to unravel itself, you realize Code Name Verity is a brilliant, moving and sob-worthy work of art. Everything clicks into place at precisely the right moment, and what seems like a slow and sad tale becomes a masterful story of espionage, friendship and strength.
I cannot count how many times I gasped while reading. IT IS SO THRILLING. I would tell you more, but it’s really a reading experience, and I don’t want to risk spoiling a bit of it.
For a brilliantly researched and beautifully realized read that will surprise and charm you, you must pick up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.