Mon, September 30, 2013

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein Review

Rose Under Fire book cover

Rose Under Fire book cover

Rose Under Fire
By Elizabeth Wein
Publication date: Sept. 10, 2013
Disney Hyperion, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

SO. GOOD.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. xtina said:

    wow i must be living under a rock because i am obsessed with code name verity but had no idea wein had just published a companion novel! this makes my entire week! great review…can’t wait to read this! happy monday to you :-)

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  2. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    I think I connected more with CNV because of the characters, but Rose Under Fire SCARED me. Like, WOW, look at what ACTUALLY WENT ON IN HISTORY. That’s pretty terrifying. Elizabeth Wein is such a fantastic story teller and I’m so glad she wrote these books! I actually didn’t know a ton about WWII and this really led me to not only get interested in it, but seek out more info and talk about it.

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  3. estelle said:

    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.

    I AM SO RELIEVED YOU SAID THIS. I HAVE 15 DAYS TO READ THIS BOOK & I’M NERVOUS. Thank you for making me feel confident.

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  4. We Heart YA said:

    Oh goodness: EVEN BETTER? REALLY? *we die*

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  5. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    I think what made me connect with this book so much more than CNV was that it featured an American. I think we assume that concentration camps were just for Jews, so to see one of us in the horrors that they were was just awful! I loved CNV – like every moment of it – but I think this one hit closer to home for me. And I agree: every teacher needs a copy of this one!

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