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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Drawing on the true story of the White Rose—the resistance movement of young Germans against the Nazi regime—The Traitor tells of one woman who offers her life in the ultimate battle against tyranny, during one of history’s darkest hours.

In the summer of 1942, as war rages across Europe, a series of anonymous leaflets appears around the University of Munich, speaking out
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Kensington
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Traitor is a compelling weave of fiction and imaginatively structured fact. A story that relives the harrowing days in Germany under Nazi rule, where young men and women espouse bravery, loyalty and fortitude in their opposition to the Nazi ideology. In 1942 several students at the University of Munich, led by brother and sister, Hans and Sophie Scholl, founded a non-violent, intellectual resistance group to the Nazi regime, called The White Rose (die Weiße Rose). The group
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

In 1942, Natalya volunteers as a nurse for the German Red Cross and witnesses WWII on the Russian Front. After her time volunteering, she moves back home to Munich where she joins the White Rose resistance group with her close friends. After the group is caught, Natalya must keep resisting but does not know who she can trust.

The inspiration for the novel is the White Rose resistance group. The main character, Natalya, does not join the White Rose organization until the very end of
White Rose was a peaceful resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students including siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl at the University of Munich. The group mailed leaflets to random people picked from the phone book, appealing to the “blindness of German people” and spreading “words of resistance, struggle, and hope.” They were mailed from different cities to different cities to “allay suspicion from the home city of Munich and to make the group seem much larger than it was.”

Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
The Traitor is inspired by the Germany's White Rose, a group of people, mostly in their early twenties, who resisted the Nazis from within Germany. The group was uncovered, and the majority of its members were executed. Rather than writing a fictionalized narrative of one of the White Rose members, V.S. Alexander invents one—Natalya, a Russian who immigrated to Germany as a child with her parents, in order to escape the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union.

Natalya begins the novel as a relatively
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This intriguing new novel by V.S. Alexander gives the reader a look at the horrors of World War II from another perspective - those of Natalya Petrovich. Natalya is a German citizen, lives in Munich and is a student at the University. She was born in Russia but her parents moved to Munich when she was very young to have a better life. She sees the cruelty of the war when she volunteers to work as a nurse at the Russian front. When she returns to Munich, she vows to try to make a difference. When ...more
Andria Sedig
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2020
I felt like the presentation of Natalya's choices and struggles felt realistic. I really enjoyed the premise of the book and enjoyed reading about the White Rose, a subject that isn't often written about in WW2 books; OVerall, I thought that this book was a decent read but didn't blow my mind or feel particularly surprising or impactful.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is based on a true story regarding the White rose resistance movement. A group of students that attended the University of Munich resisted against the Nazi Regime. Most of the group where executed including Hans and Sophie Scholl, who are real, but the main character is fictional
Natalya Petrovich was born in Russia but came to Germany with her parents to get a better life and away from the Stalin regime. She attends the University of Munich. She also volunteers as a
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I have read other books written by this author, I admit to keeping an eye for books by them. Though I have to say it was the book cover that initially caught my eye. I have seen two different covers for this title and do like both. Both covers could easily be taken from scenes within the book. After noticing the cover, I read the blurb and knew it was a book I had to read. I find the World War Two era fascinating and humbling and think it is a period in history that should never, ever be ...more
Jena Henry
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Not all Germans were Nazis” is the subtitle of The Traitor. What impact and power! But most Germans were subjugated by the Nazis and most Germans suffered. This book tells the story of Natalya, as she participates with the White Rose resistance group during World War II in Munich.

The real students behind the White Rose movement appear this book. Natalya is fictionalized. The White Rose, the meaning of the name is not known, was a peaceful movement by a small group of university students in 1942
Tristan Munoz
Jan 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
V.S. Alexander does an excellent job of bringing the lesser known stories of WWII to readers. I absolutely LOVED “The Taster,” and was thrilled to get the chance to read an ARC of “The Traitor.”

The Traitor is inspired by The White Rose, a resistance group in Germany led by young adults. The story is told through Natalya, who was born in Russia but lives her life primarily in Germany. She hopes that by joining the resistance group, she can do her part in fighting against the horrors unfolding in
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is a great historical fiction taking place overall in Munich, Germany 1942 and focussing on the real-life resistance group, The White Rose, that comprised of young adult German citizens that tried to do their part in fighting the brutality of the Nazi regime.

The book focusses on Natalya, a German citizen that was born in Russia. Through living amongst the changes and atrocities, she is drawn into the resistance group of like-minded individuals in hopes that they
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting story. Interesting piece of history. Ultimately though I didn't find myself able to connect to the characters. For some reason I just didn't find them that interesting and was never pulled back into the story after I stopped reading. So while the story was interesting, I just wasn't blown away.
Stories Unfolded (aka Danielle Olson)
(***Please note that this review may contain spoilers***)

Before I jump into my thoughts about The Traitor, I wanted to start with a quote from the author's notes. "I can safely say that fewer Europeans outside of Germany, and most Americans, particularly young people, know little of the resistance movements like the White Rose and the Red Orchestra. Their only exposure may be a mention in passing during a history class on World War II. This is another reason I wanted to write The Traitor. We
Resist the only way we can

The Traitor is a fiction novel based on the true story of "The White Rose" a resistance group formed by College Students Hans and Sophia Scholl and their college friends. The main character is a friend and a member of the group Natalya, her friend Lisa and the villain is a boy named Garrick who pretends to like Natalya in order to infiltrate the group. He is really a Gestapo agent.

The White Rose group really existed and Hans and Sophia Scholl were the leaders. There
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young woman growing up in Munich as the Nazi's come to in a world where you can trust no one. Natalya Petrovich, or Talya as she is called, is the daughter of Russian emigrés who have become German citizens. But where life was once good for the Petrovich family, it is turning very, very bad. On Kristallnacht Talya sees an enormous fire burning. Slipping out with her best friend Lisa she is horrified to see that a historic synagogue, part of the community for years, has burned to ...more
Judy Christiana
I was a bit disappointed in this book. The first half of the book dragged on and I honestly pushed myself to continue reading it. I stopped for a while then picked it up again. I still had to force myself to continue reading. I do not like to give up on a book and not finish it. I always have the hope that the story will improve and I will find that I liked it in the end.

I was at 51% read on my Kindle when the story finally took a turn and started becoming interesting to me. The second half of
Caitlyn Martin
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Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Poignant Read,

The Traitor focuses mainly on Natalya Petrovich and her life during the 1940's. Natalya and family moved from Russia to Munich, hoping Germany would be a better life. How Natalya became involved in the White Rose resistance movement, and the devastating events that follow. They show great courage in what would've been a terrifying time, not knowing who you could genuinely trust.

Whilst this is a book of fiction, it is inspired by a true story, and blended together. To be honest,
Leanna Mattea
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, well researched novel by #V. S. Alexander, about an area of resistance that I never was aware of. Based on real resisters and a group called White Rose, that operated under great risk, to bring truth to the German citizens.
Natalya is a Russian born German citizen, living in Munich during WWII with her parents. As they struggle to survive and stay under the Nazi’s radar, Natalya is pursued by a handsome German that is attractive, but she is leery of his motives, but is
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Traitor by V. S. Alexander is historical fiction story of a young woman‘s life that is based on facts set in Nazi Germany 1942 through 1949. It describes small group resistance to evil and how she and other members of various groups including the famous White Rose made a difference. Harrowing details and experiences most could never imagine. The Traitor is written with characters who come alive to the reader. Alexander’s book reads like a true story because of the authors extensive research, ...more
Leslie M.
I love WWII-era books, so I was excited to have the chance to read this one. I've never read anything by Alexander, but I look forward to reading future books. This book is fiction, but it's based on fact. I only knew a little bit about the White Rose before this book, so I enjoyed learning more about that, as well. I found the author's note at the end very informative, and I suggest reading it.

I liked how the book was told solely from Natalya's POV, as many books of this genre use multiple
Sherry Chiger
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
"The Traitor" does a fine job of evoking life in Munich during the Nazi regime and of introducing readers to the White Rose, a little-known resistance movement organized by young Germans. The pace was great; there were several times when the suspense built beautifully, to the point I almost missed my subway stop while reading. Unfortunately, the narrator/protagonist was one of the duller characters not just of the book but of first-person narrators I've read during my lifetime. As a result, I ...more
This book dresses some ugly history in the finery of fiction. That's a good thing.
Natalya stands as the everywoman of the German peaceful resistance known as the White Rose of underground defiance of the Nazis. Her family fled the predations of Russia coming to Germany and becoming citizens, but it all went from bad to worse as the Reich rose in strength and cruelty. She undertook hazardous tasks, tried to comfort the despair of others, and even found time for a little romance. The characters
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and The Traitor is an excellent look into the important work of The White Rose during WWII. I know very little about this subject and was pleased to get a glimpse into the life of one of the resistance fighters. I only wish the book focused more on The White Rose from the beginning of its formation and made the reader more engaged with its group members and also the lead, Natalya. There was a distance placed between the reader and the characters ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Traitor by V.S. Alexander is the story of the White Rose Resistance movement in Germany during WWII. The author chose to tell this story from the viewpoint of a fictional character that was part of the White Rose, rather than making Sophie or Hans Scholl the main character. He explains why in his author's notes if you are interested, but let me say that his approached works well, and I respect his reasons for doing it. The Traitor is well researched and written. It doesn't hold back on any ...more
Sara Smith
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reads
I received an e-reader ARC of this book from Netgalley.

This book is told through the viewpoint of a university student in Germany during WWII who is involved with the White Rose Resistance group. While Germany is remembered as "the bad guys" from WWII, there were lots of people in Germany who disagreed with Hitler and his views. This book tells of efforts to undermine Hitler and the danger they were in by doing so. It was a little slow in the beginning, but then warmed up. The main character,
Angela H.
For a WWII historical fiction book, this book was not my favorite but I loved the story of how Natalya, German resident, survives during the war.

She is a traitor to Hitler regime. She survives trial, prison, asylum, and fugitive life. She has lost friends but gained love and hope.

Even though this was not my favorite book, I still recommend this book to my friends for different reasons:

1. The shift of perspective: story is written from a german resident who joins the resistance

2. There is
Lovely Loveday
The Traitor by V. S. Alexander is a lovely well-written novel about real resisters and a group called White Rose. They operated under great risk, to bring truth to the German citizens. A story of brave men and women risking their lives to fight the enemy, facing hunger, loss, despair and the danger they faced. The author really has put in the research and it shows in the writing with intriguing characters and a captivating story. A fascinating read that will make you stop and think. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is not my usual reading genre, but the description of this book caught my attention. “The Traitor” by V.S. Alexander was a look into the life people faced during the Hitler regime. It started a little slow, but it was definitely worth sticking with. Filled with historical facts, it gave me a different perspective of the horrors of that time.
Deidre Butkus
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a few hours and I absolutely loved it. Natalya becomes a member of the underground resistance group, The White Rose and gets caught. But somehow luck is on her side and she defies expectations. The entire time I read this, I had a knot in my stomach. The author does a great job of keeping you guessing as you’re reading this book. I’d highly recommend it.
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V.S. Alexander is an ardent student of history with a strong interest in music and the visual arts. Some of V.S.’s writing influences include Shirley Jackson, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, or any work by the exquisite Brontë sisters. V.S. lives in Florida and is at work on a third historical novel for Kensington.
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