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Rose Under Fire

(Code Name Verity #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  19,635 ratings  ·  3,010 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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James (JD) Dittes Verity is the better book, as Rose is a great character, but she can't fill the Julie-sized hole of the first book.
Sarah Vandenbergen These events very much happened to real people, but the characters themselves are fictional, except for some higher-up Germans. In the back of the boo…moreThese events very much happened to real people, but the characters themselves are fictional, except for some higher-up Germans. In the back of the book, the author lists a lot of sources on the atrocities that actually occurred in that camp.(less)

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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
Caz (littlebookowl)
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Wow wow wow. Many tears were shed reading this.... Wow.
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
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Such a beautiful, haunting, poignant story. Video review to come!
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & 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
B the BookAddict
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holocaust
It has felt very perverse for me to be sitting in my garden 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 experimented on there. They
C.G. Drews
I went in knowing there was a 99.9% chance my heart would be ripped out and trampled on. (Thanks to Code Name Verity.) So did I survive?


Elizabeth Wein is a story-telling mastermind and genius. I'll read anything she writes. Because she has this way with making a reader get hooked into the story SO DARN BADLY that it's impossible to breathe, because you experience what the narrator is going through. And it's
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
I struggled with this one. The main character was like a chick lit heroine thrust into the horrors of a concentration camp.

Rose Justice is an American ATS pilot and a poet. In an almost surreal and highly implausible sequence of events her spitfire is intercepted by the Luftwaffe and escorted back to Germany where she ends up in Ravensbruck concentration camp, sharing a barracks with a group of mostly Polish and Russian women known as the rabbits because they have been used for horrific medical
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hunger Games has inspired a gigantic crowd of imitators recounting the adventures of brave teens confronting fictitious dystopias. Some, like the first in the Divergent series, are inspiring and admirable. Others, like Unwind, are illiterate and jejune. What puts Elizabeth Wein far above other YA authors is her portrayal of young women facing dangers much more horrible than anything imagined by dystopian authors, horrors that really occurred in familiar highly civilized countries within my own l ...more
4 1/2 stars

I’ve wanted to read this follow-up to Code Name Verity for quite a while. In Rose Under Fire, we pick up about eight months on from the ending of Verity, meeting Rose Moyer Justice in early August 1944. She’s a young American pilot right out of high school who has come to work with the Air Transport Auxiliary in England to ferry aircraft during WWII. She has become good friends with Maddie, another ATA pilot and best friend of Verity, whom we met in the previous book.

At first, I thou
Angela M
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sequel's always make me a little nervous. If I loved the first book , I'm afraid of being disappointed , afraid that the characters just won't be the ones I came to care about in the first book , afraid that I won't be as taken with the follow up story and it just won't get to me in the same ways . There was absolutely no need for me to be apprehensive with this book. As did Code Name Verity, this book got to me in ways that I find difficult to describe.

Rose Justice is a mere teenager from a wel
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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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Evie Janelle
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
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
Gillian Berry
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who can read

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
Sylvie {on semi-hiatus}
Before even starting with the book I thought it was going to be centred on Maddie from Code Name Verity, but I was wrong. Instead we meet a whole new character: a young American girl Rose Justice who works as a pilot for the RAF, while piloting she falls into the hands of the enemy aka Germans, then Rose lands in the concentration camp Ravensbrück, where she experiences the atrocities of the Nazis first-hand. There she develops a friendship with a small group of women in her barracks and her poe ...more
Linda Hart
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a sequel to Code Name Verity, one of my favorite books last year, but you don't have to read the first book in order to understand this one. The character development is incredible, and realistic. Elizabeth Wein is a capable, skilled wordsmith and author.

Rose Justice, a naive young woman who as a girl learned flying at the knee of her father, is an eager American pilot. She is the owner of a flight school in Pennsylvania and leaves to go to England in order to join the Air Transport Auxi
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't know how I could write an even remotely coherent review for this masterpiece, but I will try. I'm a sniveling mess, thank you very much.

Rose Under Fire is the companion novel to Code Name Verity. You don't have to read Code Name Verity first but I would recommend it. (You won't need to have read Code Name Verity either in order to read this review. So continue on, my spoiler-free friend.)

I put this book off for SIX months after I bought it last September, just as I did with Cod
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 15+
Shelves: historical
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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
Laurence R.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dear-friends
This book is amazing. I wish there were more words for me to explain how much I loved it, but seriously, it's just too hard to explain.

I love historical fiction, but this book took it one step higher. It's all about the horrors that happened during WWII, instead of having a romantic twist to relieve the readers from all the stress and the sadness. I really liked that. The story has made the main character, Rose, such a fragile yet strong person that it would take her years to meet new people th
Rachel Neumeier
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Actual stars: at least ten!

You know, if you tried to write bad guys as totally, utterly evil as the Nazis into a secondary world fantasy . . . you couldn’t do it. I truly don’t believe you could. I’ve been thinking about how I might try to do that, and honestly, your readers just wouldn’t believe in your villains. The Nazis were simply beyond belief.

We see this every time we get reminded about what they actually were like, what they did. Remember the first time you saw Shindler’s List? I do. Bec
Steph Su
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-13
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
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