Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Reviewed by Ginny!
What I drank prior: winenand cocktails. Specialty vocktails. Delicous cocktails
Spoiler-free Overview: this book jas two sections which I very much did not know while i was reading it. Thr first section I dont want to spoil. And goddamn the second section is technically a spoiler ad well. Fick. Well we have two different narrators whose timeline overlap. They tell different parts of the same story.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: Holy dhit this book is beautiful and haunting. The first section with the marravtot who has been kidnapped by mazis and tortured is already amazing. (Editor’s Note: Virginia…. what the hell does this say? – Sam) But the second viewpoint that overlaps with the first adds an additional level of beauty. I ended up crying for portions of this book whoch doesnt exavtly happen all yhat often.
Characters: the main characters are the narrator, queenie, and maddie. Maddie is a pilot who can fix anything, queeniw seems to be good at everything (speaks german, looks perfect, never ruffled) and the narrator has some unknown relationship and has been tortured by nazis
Plot: narrator is captured and writes the story of what led to her capture. Second half; other character writes about outside world while the first part is happening. The first part alone caught my full attention but the second part added layers upon layers and so much nuance.
Writing Style: goddamn. This is one of those times where each character has a specific flavor of writing. Because both characters are writing; keeping a journal of sorts. So half the book was a little bit more lyrical another half was a bit more matter of fact.
World Building: this was historical fiction so the world building feels a bit like a cheat. While the actial places were made up the places were described on detail that mafe them incredibly lively (whovh was helped by the fact that I studied abroad in Germany and my program had a heavy focus on the atrocities committed by the nazis. We visited a stazi prison. It was horrifying). But ot doesnt change the fact that the two main places were well described enough that the feelings they provided felt powerful even in the background of the writing.
What to pair it with: congac. They mention it so much that the drink coildnt be anything else.
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