Code Name Verity
Series: Code Name Verity, #1
Released: May 15th, 2012
Rating: 4 stars
Word Rating: *inhuman sobbing*
Reviewed by: Mel
Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor book that was called "a fiendishly-plotted mind game of a novel" in The New York Times, Code Name Verity is a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other.
"KISS ME, HARDY!"
This is why there is something called a second chance. They let you come back and give Code Name Verity another try and just pull you right into a tornado. Seriously. I’m a train wreck. A lifeless ragdoll.
Code Name Verity is not an easy read. It’s not only difficult to get into, but also its painfully and agonizingly hard to finish without ripping the tear soaked pages. Yeah that’s right, another tear jerker. But here’s my disclaimer: there is no guarantee you will sob and crawl into the corner underneath bed covers like I did. I am almost 99% sure that you will either love it, or hate it’s guts. The first time, a few months ago when I snagged this from the library, I put it down reluctantly after just 30 pages. The thing is, you must persevere and pretend you totally understand the airplane jargon. Eventually, you catch on. Just like I did the second time round.
This book, for about the first third is commonly described as confusing. It truly is. The jargon, dull writing and just complete detachedness from the new novel format all needs some time to adjust to. Basically, Verity being interrogated by Hauptsturmführer von Linden and she is given all the paper she needs to write down everything she knows about the British War Effort. And it all begins from when she met her best friend, Maddie. Things twist and go crazy after that.
Verity and Maddie appear to be the South Pole and North Pole. Verity is a Scottish (not English, like Verity likes to mention) royalty whereas Maddie was just a bike shop owner’s granddaughter. And Verity is utterly aware that if it weren’t for Adolf Hitler, (who she hates with a passion) they may have never met. This is only one reason of many why I love Verity. She may have a red raging fury but she is still thoughtful and grateful for the things she has, not sad for the things she doesn’t. Her up-beat nature and strong opinions of life were entertaining and I soon commenced into loving Verity. Then there’s Maddie. We actually don’t get much of her perspective—it’s told mostly by Verity and writes down basically Maddie’s story. She is a compassionate young woman, just like Verity. While Verity and Maddie came from different walks of life, their qualities are what made them best of friends.
Bound to make you cry if you can reach the end, Code Name Verity is a standalone novel which will throw you in a tornado that never stops twisting your heart and soul. It also incorporates elements of betrayal, trust, friendship and courage.