"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Albert Einstein

20 March 2013

Code Name Verity


Wein, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity. Egmont Press, 2012.

From Goodreads: "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."

I love, love, loved the first 286 pages of this book. On page 286 I was surprised for the first time in my reading career - I stared at the page the same way I did at the end of NCIS Season 2. I reread it to make sure I had read it correctly.

I only gave this book four stars, because after that shock the rest of the book was a bit of a let-down. It was still good, but not as epic-ly good as it had been. But still - WOW - this was a good read.

2 comments:

CassieJ said...

Nancy Pearl will be so happy there's a new cover for this book! We heard her speak at ILF in November and she said this was her favorite YA of 2012 but she thought the cover was awful.

Jenni French said...

I looked at the old cover on Goodreads, and it looks like the publisher was trying to do the Twilight-esque black cover. I agree that the new cover is better (and matches the story better).