Code Name Verity – From A Shocked Reviewer

I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

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Let’s start off with a warning. Do NOT give up on this book. I wanted to. Oh, I wanted to so badly! Did I? No. And do I love it? Yes!
Here’s the thing about this book – it’s not at all what you’re expecting. It’s split into two very distinct parts, and you really can’t read one without the other. Part 1 is written from “Verity’s” point of view (obviously, her code-name). She’s been captured, and is writing out her story so she isn’t tortured. Honestly, I found this part a little bland. Reading the flight scenes with her friend Maddie was fairly interesting, although as someone who isn’t really a war fanatic I did find my eyes glazing over whenever she gave details about the different plane types. I really appreciate how much research the author must have done to add all those little details to the novel. The problem is, it didn’t go anywhere. Hence the first comment where I said I wanted to give up. It’s just boring for a lot of it, although I’m always very aware that there’s too much of the book to go for it to end where she says it’s going to. Oh, and the cute little detail of certain words being underlined. The readers underlining information, right? Very clever!

Then, part 2. Like so many books, part 2 changes everything you think you’ve just read. I really can’t spoil it for you, but I will say it gave me a new appreciation for Verity. In general, though, it was much more entertaining than part 1. With Maddie’s job as a pilot, there’s a lot more action happening. She’s always in danger, and she’s absolutely terrified of that. She’s also incredibly clever when it comes to flying, and I appreciate that from a protagonist. Most importantly, though, she’s stupidly brave. She’s willing to put anything and everything on the line for her job, and bless that woman it’s not always easy. There’s one particular moment, that I really can’t tell you about, that shows that so well. In fact, it was so amazingly brave and traumatic that I cried. It was maybe five lines of the entire book? And yep, tears running down my cheeks. I wasn’t prepared for it at all! I think that says a lot about this book, though. The writing had me so invested, and so ready to jump into whatever was about to happen next.

Ughh, I hate reviews like this! Did I tell you anything actually useful? Probably not, I’m guessing… I will tell you, though, read it! It’s worth the boring start, and it’s so worth the painful end.

Four Stars

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  1. I LOVE THIS BOOK AND I TOTALLY AGREE. I’ve read it twice now, about a year apart, and BOTH times I found the first part a bit of a slog because it’s fairly monotonous. BUT THE SECOND PART. You’re right it completely changes the whole story and gave me a new appreciation for the book.

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