Like she did with Code Name Verity, Wein tells Rose’s harrowing story through journals, letters, and other written accounts. The novel begins when Rose starts her journal, detailing her day-to-day tasks as an auxiliary pilot and abruptly stops when she is captured, only to begin again months later when she has been rescued. Rose’s narrative is interjected with letters from friends and her own beautiful and heartbreaking poetry. Oftentimes with epistolary novels readers must suspend a certain amount of disbelief at how the story unfolds, yet Wein manages to build beautiful characters through Rose’s impassioned memories of her friends, she creates tension and suspense as Rose struggles to put her story to paper after her escape, and above all she tells a magnificent story that makes you forget that you are not reading primary documents. Wein’s unconventional choices regarding narrative and viewpoint pay off in big ways as they not only tell a story of survival, but address the difficulties the concentration camp survivors faced after the war in telling their stories, obtaining justice, and learning to live again. Do not miss this book.
Cover Comments: This cover is pretty in a foreboding way. I love that it has a glimpse of the sky and the airplanes, as that is actually significant to the story.
Book received as a gift!