Summary: 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?
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction (WWII)
It’s truly difficult to write this review through my tears. This is one of the most captivating, intricate novels ever written. It constantly made you reevaluate and piece things together yourself, while still remaining explicit enough to understand. The twists and turns at play made this book what it was. But overall, it was so much more than what it appears to be. This book deserves every bit of love and attention it has received.
At the end of the day, this book had one main focus: friendship. The genuine love that Maddie and Julie had for each other, and the depth of their connection, is so special. Without the two of them, this book would not exist the way it does, and would not be nearly as heartbreaking. While it is understood going into it that certain things are going to happen, nothing can prepare you for actually reading the events. Maddie and Julie are two of the strongest, most complex characters, and to see women be the focus of a WWII novel is something that should not be overlooked.
While there were moments of confusion, specifically in the first half, by the end of the novel everything had been sorted out and put together. What you thought you knew, what you were sure you knew, was flipped in an instant once Maddie’s part began, and I loved it.The actual plot of this novel was breathtaking. Much of the specifics relating to aircraft and military strategy was lost on me, but it didn’t take away from the overall experience of reading the novel, which is what was important. I wasn’t sure I was going to love this novel as much as I did because I didn’t always understand it, but once I reached the end, I fully understood why the novel was written the way it was.
This is a hard book to write a review for, as so much lies in the experience and the writing of the novel. It’s hard to sit down and try to fully capture what this novel is while also not giving away too much. All I can say is, this book was a journey and one I’m so glad I took. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself yet, move this novel to the top of your list.