Release Date: September 10, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
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?
Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.
I’ve been putting off this review for quite awhile. I just don’t think I have the words to properly express my feelings. Code Name Verity knocked my socks off last year, what an amazing and heartbreaking book. I went into Rose Under Fire with the same expectation and I was not disappointed.
Code Name Verity shocked you and broke your heart into a thousand tiny little pieces, Rose Under Fire was just as devastating but in a slow, subtle way. Elizabeth Wein let us readers know that Rose is safe very early on but it does ease the heart ache you feel for Rose after she’s captured.
Honestly, nothing I say can do this book justice. I am a mere human after all. It’s a beautiful and harrowing story. I found it impossible to put down. I thought about the wonderful characters and their lovely friendships long after it was over. The best and most horrifying part is that it was taken right out of history. This camp was a real place. I understand that it’s hard to read about these things but I think it’s so important that we always remember this bleak time in our past.
I am 100% an Elizabeth Wein fan. She’s telling such important stories so beautifully. Read them if you haven’t.