Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity #2
While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?
I'm going to pre-face this with a reminder that Code Name Verity is one of my favorite books of all time. I have a thing for WWII historicals so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one.
Rose Under Fire did not disappoint. It was quieter than Verity, no huge twists, but that didn't make the story any less poignant. Verity was a sudden, brutal kick in the chest; Rose is a slow burn that never stops hurting. The contrast is very fitting, considering the differences between the narrators.
The writing is beautiful and the characters fresh. I fell in love with Rose almost instantly. Poetry is spread throughout, as Rose is a writer and a poet. I don't normally go for poetry, but hers is meaningful, gorgeous, and diverse.
The ending is so perfectly fitting. As raw as it all was, I didn't want this book to end. I wanted to know everything about the characters. This is a heart-wrenching, no holds barred story and I can't wait to see what's next.
Readers of Verity will recognize some of the characters. I kept randomly bursting into tears throughout the book because one of them would be mentioned and I'd start thinking about Verity again. It was nice to see what had happened to them, though.