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Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth E. Wein

Doubleday Canada | September 10, 2013 | Hardcover

Rose Under Fire is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women''s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.
     In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1.1 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038567953X

ISBN - 13: 9780385679534

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Historical fiction was the genre that convinced me I loved reading, specifically historical fiction during World War II. Reading Lois Lowry's Number the Stars was a life-changing experience for me. It makes sense that this is still the type of book I hold closely to my heart, and I don't think it's surprising that I loved Code Name Verity so much. Nor is it a surprise that Rose Under Fire made me feel the same way. I also think it's timely that I'm publishing my review for this book on Remembrance Day. After all, Rose does say that she'll tell the world, doesn't she? Rose Under Fire is so much more than a story, it's a reminder to us all that we can't ever forget. And the reason we can't ever forget is because we have so much to learn from this story, and while Rose's story is fictional the circumstances are not. Reasons to Read: 1. Rose's story is timely: Every year that passes is another year that we've moved further away from World War II. And every year I wonder if this means that we're one step closer to forgetting. I sincerely hope not. This is why stories like this are so important, because it gives those of us who have never truly experienced war firsthand one method of understanding and empathizing. I believe there is something critical in remembrance. 2. The value of friendship: The one aspect of Rose Under Fire that stood out to me was Rose's experience in Ravensbruck. I thought it would be so full of despair that it would crush me, and I had to set the book aside for a while because of that. And of course it's heartbreaking. But the bonds Rose makes with the women she meets in the concentration camp are so unexpected and shockingly optimistic. I think that really says something about the difference a friend can make in a dark place. 3. Elizabeth Wein's strength as a writer: I struggled through the first half of Code Name Verity. But I finished it (and loved it) and I had an idea of what to expect when I started reading Rose Under Fire. But Rose Under fire is a very different book, because Rose is a very different character with another perspective. Rose's character change is subtle from the beginning of the book to its end, and that can be credited to Elizabeth Wein's talent. The story isn't merely written so much as it is delicately crafted.  While Rose Under Fire is more of a companion to Code Name Verity than a sequel, but there are a few pieces of the story that I think are best appreciated if you've already read Code Name Verity.  Review copy received from Random House Canada for review; no other compensation was received. 
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous companion piece to Code Name Verity The Good Stuff more accessible writing style than in Code Name Verity (But I also enjoyed the writing style in Code Name Verity - but this may appeal to more readers) Incredible, realistic character development. Rose goes from such a young and naive girl who changes into a ghost of herself, yet you still can see that young Rose is still there and will eventually heal Realistic portrayal of war with no glossing over of the horror and the dullness of it all Nice to see mentions of Maddie . I enjoyed reading about what has happened in her life since the end of Code Name Verity Author nicely gives you a little bit of a history lesson and you learn things without even realizing this. I've said this before this is a true gift - education all wrapped up in a compelling story. I even learned a great deal Beautiful see the camaraderie of women of all nationalities and walks of life Not a fan of poetry but it is beautifully used in this story. Brings the beauty, expression and thoughts and hope amid such depravity and despair Nice to see the light moments and solidarity among the women As a mom and library worker, I am impressed with the addition of the factual information added at the end of the story Excellent companion story, do however read Code Name Verity first (though you really don't have to) as to avoid a few spoilers The Not So Good Stuff Was frustrated at times with Rose and the choices she made - but really, I have never been held in captivity so I really shouldn't judge (Can't say why or I would spoil certain plot points Favorite Quotes "Why do they go for your ankles, which are the hardest part of your body to reach when you're pretending to stand at attention? Are fleas in league with the SS?" "Hope is treacherous, but how can you live without it?" "You really are the world's worst pain in the neck, " But my heart ached for her bravery." 4.5/5 Dewey's I picked this up at BookExpo America 2013 and it is signed by the author
Date published: 2013-09-17

– More About This Product –

Rose Under Fire

by Elizabeth E. Wein

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 1.1 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 038567953X

ISBN - 13: 9780385679534

From the Publisher

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women''s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.
     In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.

About the Author

ELIZABETH WEIN was born in New York and grew up in England, Jamaica, and Pennsylvania. She has her pilot''s license, and it is her love of flying that partly inspired the idea for both Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire. The author lives in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

“Every so often, however, a YA novel comes along that is impossible to ignore. . . .That’s what happened with Rose Under Fire .” — Montreal Gazette    “It was brilliant yet thought-provoking. This is now one of my favourite books of all time.”  — The Guardian “Readers who want more Code Name Verity should retool their expectations; although the story’s action follows the earlier book’s, it has its own, equally incandescent integrity. . . . Rich in detail, from the small kindnesses of fellow prisoners to harrowing scenes of escape and the Nazi Doctors’ Trial in Nuremburg, at the core of this novel is the resilience of human nature and the power of friendship and hope.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)   “Wein, author of the lavishly honoured Code Name Verity , once again offers up an utterly engrossing, startling and not-to-be missed YA novel. . . . A consistently engaging, powerfully moving story of female friendship, this is especially compelling for the way Rose’s character becomes ever richer, deeper and more nuanced as she matures — pilot, poet, survivor and friend.” — Toronto Star  “‘Rose Under Fire’ is bound to soar into the promised land of young adult books read by actual adults — and deservedly so, because Wein''s unself-consciously important story is timeless, ageless and triumphant.” — Los Angeles
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