I was happy to discover that "Rose" is a sequel, of a sort, to "Code Name Verity." Maddie is back! It was like seeing an old friend again. That said,...moreI was happy to discover that "Rose" is a sequel, of a sort, to "Code Name Verity." Maddie is back! It was like seeing an old friend again. That said, "Verity" broke my heart in the best and most painful way possible. It's just a a lovely story about friendship and love. "Rose" is compelling, gripping, and utterly heartbreaking to read. I went through most of the book weeping, and that's a good thing. This book follows Rose as she becomes an inmate of Ravensbruck concentration camp. Rose is an American pilot flying with the ATA, and she is captured transporting a plane from the recently liberated Paris back to Britain. While Rose is a fictional character, Wein based her characters' experiences on survivor accounts of the camp. This is the reason the book is so painful, and the reason it has to be painful. A major theme is the responsibility of survivors to tell the world what happened. Though we, as readers, have not lived through the experience, we have a responsibility to remember the atrocities of the holocaust--to remember, honor, and prevent such from happening again.
Even with all of this, Wein has still created another beautiful story about female friendship. The moments of true selflessness and love brought me to tears just as often as the moments of indiscriminate cruelty. Bravo! I hope there are more! (less)
I don't even know what to say. I'll have to be pretty vague because I don't want to spoil the book for you when you read, and you should read it! I wa...moreI don't even know what to say. I'll have to be pretty vague because I don't want to spoil the book for you when you read, and you should read it! I was hooked on page one with the story of a girl sent as a British SOE officer (spy) into Nazi-occupied France. She is already detained at the beginning of the book and undergoing interrogation! But that is just the beginning, and the more I read, the more I loved the characters and got wrapped up in moments of frustration, pain, horror, and even joy. That's all I'll say about the plot because any more would ruin it for you, but I will say I LOVED this book in a beautiful, broken-hearted, and hopeful way. Wein had me sobbing long after I finished, and even now a couple of days later, I'm getting teary thinking about the story and the characters.
It's a fascinating look inside the lives of women who worked as pilots and SOE officers during WWII, but it is really just a great love story, not a romantic love story, a love story about two friends whose lives seem destined to intertwine. (less)