Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2)
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Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  4,724 ratings  ·  1,234 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion (first published June 1st 2013)
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“Hope is the most treacherous thing in the world. It lifts you and lets you plummet.”

In the past, there have been many books that have left me feeling completely shattered, and several more that have pushed me to the edge of intense grief and sorrow, but very few have managed to truly make me cry hard and long. My tears are reserved for rare occasions, but I’ll happily shed them all for Elizabeth Wein. Where Code Name Verity impressed me with its clever storytelling, sharp characters and stunni...more
Moira Russell

Wow, I'm apparently the only one who loved Verity and really disliked this book. I found a lot of Rose Justice unbelievable, down to her name (the fake Bella Swan-style swearing, the Girl Scout round singing, the Goddamn Declaration of Independence) and the plotting felt contrived and unbelievable. Most of the scenes set in the camp were gripping, but that was because of the material itself, not the writing. There was sadly none of Verity's deep characterization or carefully cr...more
~~Dani ♥ semi-colons~~
2.5 stars

Prepare the flame throwers now.

Confession: I am not really an Elizabeth Wein fan. I didn't like Code Name Verity but decided to give her another go with Rose Under Fire. I received a free copy via NetGalley, and it was most definitely not publication ready, which is ok, since that's the whole point after all. But being stripped of its gimmickiness (handwritten journal entries, pages of scrolled dead-girl names, and so on) didn't do the book any favors.

This book initially runs somewhat...more
First, this isn't Code Name Verity.

To me, Rose Under Fire was a harder read than Verity. Verity was one of my favorite books last year. It was a heartbreaking and beautiful story about friendship and courage set during World War II that I compulsively read in a day. However, I never forgot that it was a work of historical fiction. With Rose, even though I knew it was also a work of Elizabeth Wein's ability and imagination, it felt so much like a memoir. It was so much harder to take knowing that...more
Extraordinary. Shattering. Unforgettable.

I was afraid to read this book after CODE NAME VERITY -- not because I feared it wouldn't be as good or better on a technical level, but because I was afraid I wouldn't connect to it quite so strongly.

I needn't have worried.

Rose's story, told by a single narrator and in four sections, is different in scope and focus from the two-part shared narration we got in CNV. Her voice is uniquely her own -- American rather than English or Scottish, with its own r...more
Bette BookAddict

It has felt very perverse for me to be sitting in my garden on a sunny beach these past two days reading Rose Under Fire. How could I be reading of such horror and cruelty on such a sunny day? I kept looking up from my book to draw breath, to drink in some beauty to ease my mind troubled by this story.

Elizabeth Wein has studied in depth the facts about Ravensbruck, the inhumane camp run by Nazi doctors in Germany, and has fashioned a story about a group of women who were detained and experimente...more
Update - 8/11
Having finished Code Name Verity, I'm struck by how much more conventional Rose Under Fire is compared to its predecessor. Although both books follow the same epistolary style, and Rose's voice even resembles Julie's, Elizabeth Wein's earlier book I think wins on creativity with her choice to use Julie's confession as a starting point and then revealing the whole thing as the sham product of an unreliable narrator later on. For readers who were impressed with the rawness of that boo...more
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4.5 stars

Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for sending me this copy. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?

I don't normally review books the same day I read them. Especially not one hour after I've read them. But Rose Under Fire is a certain exception because I fear that if I wait any longer, I won't be able connect words to form coherent and meaningful sentences. Rose Under Fire is...more
Update 9/4/13:We loved this book so much we are doing giveaway for 2 print copies (US only)on Badass Book Reviews.

Initial Thoughts: This is a book that will haunt me for a while. Rose Under Fire made me an emotional mess. It's so hard to believe that the atrocities of WWII were only about 70 years ago - and it is very hard to fathom man's inhumanity to man. Prepare yourself a box of Kleenex or two before you read this one. Make sure that you've read Code Name Verity first in order to avoid a sp...more
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A copy of Rose Under Fire was provided to me by Disney Hyperion for review purposes.

'Hope is the most treacherous thing in the world. It lifts you and lets you plummet. But as long as you're being lifted, you don't worry about plummeting.'

Rose Under Fire tells the story of Rose Justice, an American pilot who is captured and sent to the concentration camp Ravensbrück which held primarily women and children. The beginning of the story is a short, day to day accounting in epi...more
Evie Janelle
From Blue Butterfly Books.

Thank you, Netgalley! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You're the best ever (after Elizabeth Wein, of course).

If you haven't already read my review of Code Name Verity, here's how big of a fan I am: After getting two brand new books yesterday, four tote bags worth of ARCs and other great YA books at the RT Book Convention on the 5th of May, and after lining up at least five OH MY GOD, I NEED TO READ THIS NOW books, I shoved them all aside to inhale Wein's new book. Igno...more
Feb 23, 2014 Aditi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to read mild YA lit about concentration camps
Recommended to Aditi by: Auto-buy after reading Code Name Verity
Audiobook Review

Caution : Bits and pieces of Code Name Verity are littered through out this review, though nothing too spoilery.

Rose Under Fire is a book that is to be read and not listened to. I had ofcourse just finished the audio for Code Name Verity and through the haze of tears had bought the audio for it's companion novel. Note : Do not buy a book at the gun point of emotions.
Alas, the narration for RUF was terrible. Though the voice for Rose was justified, as a naive teenaged American gir...more
The biggest problem I had with Rose Under Fire, friends is that it wasn’t Code Name Verity.

I know.

Isn’t that horrible?

How totally unfair to a very well-written book!

But I can’t help it.

I loved Code Name Verity so much—SO MUCH—that pretty much nothing would be able to successfully follow up… and while I enjoyed Rose Under Fire, it didn’t resonate in my SOUL the way that its predecessor did.

Partly because it was so linear and uncomplicated. You don’t want your plots to be crazy and all over the pl...more
Rose under Fire is another powerful and compelling story by Elizabeth Wein. I was completely overwhelmed by her debut novel Code Name Verity and so was expecting no less from her here.

Just like with Code Name Verity I found it extremely difficult to get into this story. But with Code Name Verity, once I got past the initial struggle I was hooked, however with Rose under Fire this was not the case. I hugely liked Rose’s character and her strength and her resilience that she displayed but I never...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
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Originally posted at Writer of Wrongs

I honestly have no idea how to write this review. I can't think of any clever, funny, giffy ways to say that this book is the most powerful and moving book I've read since Code Name Verity. I can't think of other ways to explain that the prose is something magical, but never purple or flowery. I can give this book all the stars and all the exclamation points and flaily gifs I want, but there's no way I'd be able to portray just how incredible of a novel Rose...more
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Ana’s Take:


Rose Under Fire is a companion novel to the absolutely fabulous, heart-breaking, the-best-book-of-2012 Code Name Verity. I will come back to this later.

The plot summary of Rose Under Fire is rather straightforward: a young and naïve American girl named Rose Justice joins the allied forces in England flying planes for the War Effort. While on a short mission to Paris, she is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, a women’s con...more
Steph Su
For me, Code Name Verity's domination of the YA literary scene came about not from its compelling premise and thriller-like aspects, but from the strength of Elizabeth Wein's writing, of her writing voice. Which is why I never had a doubt that ROSE UNDER FIRE wouldn't be excellent. To have what the narrative voice that I associated with Julie/Maddie in CNV seemingly transplanted onto Rose was a little jarring at first for me--but then Rose's own unique brand of strength emerged, roaring, and fed...more
Feb 26, 2013 Sonia marked it as to-read
The real question is: WILL MY HEART SURVIVE THIS???
This review is not going to have very much to do with the book.

Like (I suspect) most descendants of Holocaust survivors, I went through a phase at the end of my elementary school days when I read all the Holocaust books, trying desperately to make sense of what had so scarred my relatives but was only alluded to in my presence in half-heard scraps of conversation that quickly switched over to Yiddish whenever someone noticed I was within hearing range. Number the Stars, The Devil's Arithmetic, M...more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review :)

So, if this book had not been associated with Code Name Verity, it probably would be getting a five star review from me. Unfortunately, because I was so enamored with Code Name Verity, and because this book is a companion to it, it was kind of impossible to not constantly be comparing it to it's predecessor, which I just liked a little better.

HOWEVER, this is an excellent book. I am completely in love with the way W...more
What to possibly say about Rose Under Fire? Honestly, Elizabeth Wein's name speaks for itself. After the brilliant and tear-inducing Code Name Verity, I knew to expect great things going into this book, and I wasn't disappointed. I found this novel a tad bit easier to get into, only because the beginning chronicles the life of Rose Justice, an American pilot during WWII who loves her job and remains untainted by the war. It's a naive telling, but a mostly content one. When true horror finally fi...more
Thanks to Disney Book Group for the advanced copy.

I must also thank Elizabeth Wein for once again shredding my heart into oozing little pieces. Rose Under Fire is everything I would expect a novel set in Ravensbruck to be, but thanks to Wein's brilliant prose (and poetry!) added to masterful depictions of the unbelievable strength of female bonds of friendship, this story is also achingly beautiful. Beautiful and awful and lovely and gut-wrenching.

Absolutely gut-wrenching to know that underneat...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Dear goodness, words do not suffice how much I need this book.

Right now.

Also, that tagline? PURE AMAZING.

"I will tell the world."

Break my heart again, Elizabeth Wein. I know you are going to.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 4.5 Stars

Code Name Verity is one of those rare books that awed both critics and actual readers. Initially, I almost DNFed Code Name Verity, but I ended up being seriously impressed with both Wein's writing and her gumption. At the same time, though, Code Name Verity never really got me right in the feels, the way it did so many other people. Thus, though I suspect it may not be a popular opinion, I love Rose Under Fire more than Code Name Verity. Once again, Wein's story is incred...more
I absolutely loved this book -- I don't want to write a full review yet, because I think I would not be able to make one spoiler-free. However, I will say just a few things:

1. I liked this one even better than Code Name Verity. (My personal opinion -- you don't have to agree!)

2. One of the reasons I like it so much? Not just the amazing plot and characters, but the poetry and music.

3. Did I mention the characters? Here's something I would love to ask Elizabeth Wein -- is there a deliberate allus...more
I loved Code Name Verity so much that I special ordered this book from Amazon UK where the book has already been published and had it delivered to me in the US just so I could read it faster! Like Code Name Verity, I devoured this book in a single sitting in which my heart broke into a million pieces. Mind you, this book is very different from CNV in my opinion and Rose Under Fire is not the tightly plotted, roller coaster, espionage novel that CNV is. However, the friendships are just as compel...more
"Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.' Forget about revenge! These trials aren't about revenge. They are about justice."

A very gut-wrenching, heart-stopping true and deep and beautiful and sad book 2. And it's exactly as it should be.

Where book one was all about friendship love and faith from afar. This one is much more about the friendships you form when striving to survive. When each breath could be your last. When you just might be okay sacrificing yourself for someone els...more
Review originally posted in Rather Be Reading Blog

I needed a lot of nudging to read Code Name Verity. Historical fiction scares me. I’m afraid I won’t be able to grasp all the facts, and the story will not be as meaningful to me. Combine that with a book that received such praise and I think any reader would be intimidated. Honestly, it took a good amount of trudging through to get to the heart of CNV. But I feel like the effort was worth it. Wein wrote a beautiful story of friendship and braver...more
I'm going to have a hard time writing this review and the ultimate caveat is that I (F)LOVED Code Name Verity. CNV was 5* book without a shadow of a doubt. I will rave about and recommend that book to anyone. It is therefore with sinking heart that I have to say that in my opinion Rose Under Fire never really took off for me.

Friendship was such a central theme to CNV and the friendships formed by Rose in this book just couldn't capture the togetherness as found between Maddie and Queenie. How I...more
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