Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein
Publication date: Sept. 10, 2013
Disney Hyperion, 368 pages
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women’s concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?
Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.
— Goodreads.com description
AMAZING! Can we please get a copy of this book in the hands of every single high school English teacher, high school history teacher, librarian and teenager?! Because, wow, I have never read a book that humanized history as well as Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire has.
For those of you who were fans of Code Name Verity: I actually liked this one more. And I adored that book, so you know this one is THAT good. My biggest complaint about Code Name Verity was that it took a bit too long to get into/pay off. None of those concerns here – Rose Under Fire was gripping and shocking and so very sad from the get-go.
For those of you who haven’t read Code Name Verity: Don’t worry, you don’t have to (though I still think you should). This is a companion novel, meaning parts the story are 100% spoiled in Rose Under Fire and some characters do overlap. But you’d still be able to follow along with Rose’s story .
I just don’t have any words to convey how heartbreaking and beautiful her story was. My heart aches just remembering it all. We all know about the Holocaust – I’ve been to Auschwitz; I’ve studied it in school – but to see it from such a personal (and American) point of view is crushing on an entirely different level. Prepare to cry. Prepare to learn. Prepare to spend a lot of time with this quite thick book, because you’ll have a hard time putting it down.