Code Name Verity is a tremendous and moving novel about friendship, sacrifice, and love. The first half is told from Verity's perspective; as a narrator, she is engaging and strong, even as she reveals her weaknesses and fears. Her spirited, bright nature conceals the less evident fact that she is a very unreliable narrator. From the very beginning Verity is up to something in how she constructs her confession, centering it on her best friend, but her intentions and motives aren't clear. Readers don't see just how creative, resilient, and brilliant she is until the second half of the novel, told from Maddie's perspective. Between the two young women, Wein presents a vibrant and oftentimes tragic account of what World War II was like for countless of young people, how it changed them, how it forced them to re-evaluate their fears, and what those experiences demanded of them. As the story unfolds, not every situation is black and white, not every character is either good or evil, and truth becomes a slippery thing. This meticulously written and emotionally charged novel demands your complete attention until the shocking end and won't be easily forgotten.
Cover Comments: I like all of the elements of this cover! It's striking, dark, and a bit mysterious. Perfect for this book.
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