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The Enigma Game

(Code Name Verity #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,697 ratings  ·  391 reviews
A stunning new historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Wein, featuring a beloved character from the award-winning Code Name Verity; for fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.

A German soldier risks his life to drop off the sought-after Enigma Machine to British Intelligence, hiding it in a pub in a small town in northeast Scotland,
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published November 3rd 2020 by Penguin Teen
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Stephanie Linde You will understand the story perfectly well without reading the others, however if you have read Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thi…moreYou will understand the story perfectly well without reading the others, however if you have read Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thief, there are nice little details and descriptions that reference the other books and enrich the storytelling.(less)
Arimathea It is a work of fiction though a number of incidents in the book are based on historical fact. The afterword explains some of the background.
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Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, teen
I lost my mind when I saw there was a new book in the Code Name Verity world coming out. And it was everything I hoped/dreamed/wanted it to be. Set chronologically before Code Name Verity, this follows 3 characters, including Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, in and around a remote Scottish airfield at wintertime early in WWII. Loved Jamie, but equally loved the other 2 protagonists, Louisa and Ellen. Wow. The feelings I have for this series bump it into "favorites of all time" category. ...more
Sonja Arlow
I loved the first two books in the series Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire so I had high expectations with this one.

As with all her books the author takes some interesting WW2 facts and build an easy reading fictitious story around it. This one centres around a German enigma coding machine that falls into the wrong (or in this case the right) hands.

Some characters like Jamie and Queenie from previous books play a vital role in this story but as I read the other two books so long ago the thr
Deacon Tom F
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book.

More coming.....had chemotherapy infusion, moving slowly. ❤️❤️
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an egalley in exchange for an honest review

Although this book will not be released until November, readers that are familiar with Elizabeth Wein's WWII historicals from a YA perspective will certainly enjoy her latest installment of the Code Name Verity series. It is certainly a well-researched novel with plenty of action while also stressing the importance of working together and understanding differences.

The novel is told through the
3.5 out of 5 stars.

In my opinion, 'The Enigma Game' wasn't as memorable as the series' previous books, there's just something so captivating about the previous books especially 'Code Name Verity'. But I still enjoyed this and reading about the characters who made an apperance in this book from the earlier ones made me very happy.

I was apparently living under a rock or something, because I had no idea Elizabeth Wein published a new book from Code Name Verity series.

Was I
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Code Name Verity was the beginning of a marvellous series that features brave young women and aviation during the Second World War. In the latest addition, The Enigma Game, we encounter the Bristol Blenheim, an underpowered and underarmed twin-engine bomber piloted by Flight Lieutenant Jamie Balfour-Stuart, whom we had encountered as the brother of the heroic Julie. This book is what would now be termed a ‘prequel’, set in the winter of 1940-1941 near an RAF station in northern Scotland, where J ...more
Vikki VanSickle
I love all of Wein's books, but this one is up there with the gold standard, CODE NAME VERITY. This is the story of three young people whose lives become intertwined when an enigma machine is dropped off at a remote Scottish pub near a military base in Northern Scotland. With the pace of a thriller, memorable characters, an incredible sense of urgency and hope, this is top-notch, not to be missed WWII fiction. ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I hand Elizabeth Wein my heart on a platter every time I begin one of her stories, and she smashes it to a pulp each time with characters and stories full of love and feeling and the immeasurable sense of loss and destruction that WW2 brought with it.

In 1940, 15-year-old Louisa is reeling after the sudden loss of her mother and her father in separate bombing incidents. Now, Louisa sets off to Scotland where she has been hired to care for an elderly German woman. When she arrives, Louisa
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is this my favorite book of Elizabeth Wein's since CODE NAME VERITY? Might it even be *more* a favorite of mine than CNV, shocking as that sounds? It's just possible, because it's rich and vibrant and full of tension and intrigue, lavishly researched and exquisitely executed, with a new heroine that I loved with my whole heart from the first chapter (Louisa!!!), and amazing pitch-perfect narration from two other characters we already know from earlier books. There is SO MUCH going on in this boo ...more
Stephanie Jane
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The Enigma Game is set slightly earlier in time than my first Elizabeth Wein novel (which I also loved!), Code Name Verity. It branches off from that book to expand upon Jamie Beaufort-Stuart's bomber pilot experiences and a brief period of the Second World War in Scotland. Most of the British-set WW2 fiction (and even nonfiction) books I have previously read seemed to focus either on London or places along the south coast of England so I was
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
disclaimer: I received this free from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

rep: biracial m/c (white, jamaican), sapphic romani m/c, bi side character

content warnings: war, death, racism, homophobia

The Enigma Game follows three different people in a small village of Windyedge, Scotland. Jamie, a RAF pilot who flies a Bristol Blenheim bomber, Ellen a volunteer driver with the RAF, and Louisa, a teenager who wants to make a difference who ends up caring for an elderly German woman. When
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a digital advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing.

I read Code Name Verity years ago when it was first released and I absolutely loved it, so I was very excited to read The Enigma Game. I haven’t read The Pearl Thief, which I understand has some of the characters from this book in it, but I don't think it hindered my enjoyment of the book.

The Enigma Game follows a set of three characters: Ellen, Jamie and Lousia. Each o
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I think I liked this more than Code Name Verity, actually.

Which is crazy.

And technically it’s not quite as good a book, but it’s so very much My Thing that I can’t help loving it. I love home front stories and I love RAF kids who should still be in school probably but instead they’re flying dangerous missions and leaving money in the wood at the pub for luck and often never coming home to spend it ever again. And I love codes and I love airplanes and I love intense German pilots who risk their l
Debbie Gascoyne
Code Name Verity was and is one of the best YA novels I've read for many years, so I was excited to read another WWII thriller featuring some of the same characters. However, although I enjoyed this in many ways, and its ultimate emotional impact was quite effective, this not only suffers by comparison to Verity but also as a stand-alone novel. I found the main plot line rather incredible, although revelations as the book progressed made some things make more sense. The notion of a sixteen-year- ...more
Samantha B
Is this book part of the reason why I didn't sleep at all after 2 AM last night? Yes. Elizabeth Wein, why do you do this to me. (I'll be napping later. I think.)

Find my review here:
christine ✩
Wein really knows how to write emotion and 1am christine d i e d
also apparently i'm never gonna get over the verity books huh
Man, I really wanted to love this one but it ended up feeling kinda sweaty to me? I love the Code Name Verity Cinematic Universe but for me to have three characters from the CNVCU independently end up in the same tiny town felt implausible, even though I was happy to see them. In her author's notes at the end Wein notes that some of what this story was based on involved a recovered piece of radar equipment from a German plane but she felt that writing about the radar equipment would require too ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
While this isn't Wein's best Second World War book, it's still pretty good.

We have three viewpoint characters here: Louisa, orphaned by German bombs, Ellen, an ATS volunteer driver, and Jamie pilot of Blenheim bomber. They come together at a small aerodrome in Scotland, and together work to use an Engima machine to help the air crews find their targets and avoid danger.

Things I liked:

- Wein is so good at relationships. Louisa is hired to take care of Jane, an 80 year old German born woman who h
Victoria Rodríguez
It is a story that recounts the deeds that courageous people did for their country in a time of terror. Louisa Adair works as a caretaker of the pub owner's aunt. This pub has an important machine that is a mystery to many. Lieutenant Jamie Beaufort-Stuart intercepts a signal but fails to understand what it is. Ellen McEwen volunteers at the local airfield. She performs messenger duties after Louisa engages Jane in translating important information. I liked the narration of this book. I loved th ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Although I enjoyed getting to see so many familiar faces before we are introduced to them in Code Name Verity, I wasn’t that invested in this story as I was with the others in the series.

I felt such a disconnect with the characters that I never really cared what happened to them (although Jamie will always be my favourite).

I did enjoy experiencing this part of history but in terms of character and plot, this book didn’t spark the same emotional response that CNV or RUF had.
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DNF @ 25%

This book is very slow paced and I am just not feeling it right now. Not for me, unfortunately.
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Elizabeth Wein's pilots. While reading about the earlier life of some characters from Code Name Verity, I felt as if I was in on a secret. It was a delight. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this after loving code name verity so much! I don’t know if it’s because I read it in digital & not physical form? But Louisa just got a bit annoying sometimes with how naive she acted. It had some good bits but I just overall didn’t really enjoy it :/
I could not wait for this book to be released and I was not disappointed. A precursor to Code Name Verity(perhaps my favorite book of all time) this follows Jamie Beaufort-Stewart (Julie’s older brother,) his bomber crew stationed at an airfield in Scotland and a couple of amazing new characters—Louisa Adair, age 15, whose parents both died tragically early in the war and Jane Warner, age 82, a former German opera star, living in England with a Class-B alien status. I love that Elizabeth Wein me ...more
I don't have a real review for this and I'm not going to try, but these books are the best thing to come to YA lit since I don't know when. My library copy came through on Saturday (same day the US election was called; it was a good day), and I tore through it in two days (it would have been one, but a girl has to sleep sometime). We got Ellen and Jamie and Julie in this book, plus Louisa and Jane, and I think I can die happy now. ...more
Tsana Dolichva
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein is another World War II YA thriller, following some of the same (fictional) characters as Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and the pre-war prequel, The Pearl Thief. I enjoyed and reviewed all of the previous books, as well as the companion Black Dove, White Raven, which followed unrelated characters in Ethiopia. It is not an exaggeration to say that this is my favourite non-SF series of all time.

The Enigma Game is not set at Bletchley Park, which I thought it
4.5 stars! Loved getting Jamie's story and Ellen's! Plus having Julie show up. While Code Name Verity will always be my favourite I loved getting this story as well.
In the Enigma Game we follow the POVs of Ellen, Jamie and Louisa. All three of them bring something special to the table. Louisa just lost her parents to the war but as a part Jamaican is struggling with the racism of the time and the added difficulty this causes for her in finding work. I loved the way Elizabeth Wein treated the rac
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“People being nice to you after someone has made you feel like a criminal or an enemy is just like sticking cardboard in your window after a bomb has blasted all the glass out of it. The hole is stopped up, but the glass is still smashed and you can’t see through the window anymore. Everything in the room is uglier and darker.”

The Enigma Game was a nice change of pace from the standard WWII story. Maybe it's just because I love Scotland but I always feel like its experience during the war is oft
Brooke Nadzam
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a solid YA historic fiction.

Many of us have heard of the Enigma Machine. This book imagines a situation where the British are given one by a German sympathizer.

The story is told in three points of view. Jamie is a picket for the Royal Air Force. Ellen is a Traveller, though nobody knows her story except for Jamie, who keeps it a secret so that she doesn’t face persecution. And then there’s Louisa, a 15-year-old girl whose parents have both been killed during the war. Her mother was Bri
Nishta Mehra
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will read anything in the Code Name: Verity world, but this one wasn't my particular favorite. I did enjoy being able to be around Jamie, Ellen, & Julie again - and I very much appreciated the introduction of Louisa and thought Wein did a capable, respectful job of writing from her perspective as a woman of color - but I got lost in a lot of the air strike details in Jamie's sections. Just not personally something that interests me, but those sections didn't stop me from enjoying the overall p ...more
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