1943. German-occupied France. On the first page of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, a young British spy, captured by the Nazis and resisting with all her strength, suddenly submits. "I'm going to give you anything you ask, everything I can remember."
And she does, but she couches these details in the story of herself and her best friend, a pilot who died when their plane went down over France. Maddie and Julie were two young women from radically different backgrounds, with radically different lives and goals, who nevertheless became best friends in the heat of war. It is a friendship that will sustain the spy in her captivity, and ultimately lead her to the darkest choice she will ever have to make.
I read this book a year ago and it still has the power to break my heart. The story twists and turns until the only thing you're sure of is the friendship between Maddie and Julie. This is a book for fans of history, for fans of espionage, and for people who want a story about the power of true friendship to survive anything, even death.
- Maureen K.