Front Lines by Michael GrantFront Lines by Michael Grant

Front Lines

byMichael Grant

Hardcover | September 15, 2017

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Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with female soldiers fighting on the front lines.

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

Michael Grant is the co-creator and co-author of the Animorphs series and the Everworld series with his wife K. A. Applegate. They have written around 150 books. He is the author of the Gone series and The Magnificent 12 series.
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Title:Front LinesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.69 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062342150

ISBN - 13:9780062342157

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well done An interesting premise with a very great, well researched book. This book doesn't shy away from the horrors of war and it's done very well.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Such a great book; I love how strong the female characters are.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Excellent!! This book is a supremely well done WWII alternate history. Michael Grant did a really fantastic job writing the racism and sexism of the times and brought to life some amazing female characters. I loved each one of them - Rainy Schulterman (Jewish girl becomes part of Army Intelligence), Rio Richlin and her best friend,Jenou (small town white girls from California join Army Infantry) and Frangie Marr(black girl who becomes Army Medic). They were all unique and well portrayed with respect to their strengths and insecurities. Really great character development! I look forward to reading the next book in this series and to find out where Michael Grant takes these girls next.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Thrilling Twist To WWII! In "Front Lines" Michael Grant twists the history of WWII with a court decision that entitles American females to be drafted or enlist for military service at eighteen. In 1942 as the Nazi war machine storms across Europe and American families deal with a changing environment, food stamps and an acceleration in the pace of life, three girls from different backgrounds and for diverse reasons sign up to fight, although Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr or Rainy Schulterman never expect to be drawn into combat on the front lines. Narrated from the perspectives of the three young women as they train facing gender bias, bullying and bigotry their greatest challenge and fear will come on the battlefield in North Africa where they'll face the ugliness, brutality and death that's a part of war. The story is starkly realistic and emotionally -intense, heating up when the green, untested American squadrons are commissioned by the high command to stop a German supply column to thwart the German advance. The action intensifies and suspense escalates as the paths of the three girls converge in an explosive conflict after Rainy delivers the order for the attack, Frangie held hostage by the Germans escapes, and Rio begins to hone her killer instinct refining her deadly sharpshooting skill against the enemy. Well-developed with vivid detailed descriptions that bring life to a horrifying war and the men and women who serve, Michael Grant draws the reader into the emotional roller-coaster of a war where Rio, Frangie and Rainy must rise above their fear, animosity, pain of loss , and hatred if they are to serve their country and help win the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. This alternate history is fascinating, a page turner from beginning to the end as bullets fly, bombs explode and an airplane crashes. Yet witty banter and romance often breaks the gravity of all the violence and death. Among a score of unforgettable characters infusing the plot with excitement, high-energy and dramatic flair is Rio Richlin a sixteen year old from small town Gedwell Falls, California who's naive, stubborn and self-conscious only to loosen up during training and combat becoming bluntly honest and determined. Frangie Marr, the young black medic vulnerable to prejudice and sexual harassment is caring and gentle; courageous even after being brutalized by the enemy. Calm, observant and diplomatic seventeen year old Rainy Schulterman who's considered by her superior in army intelligence to be an " aggressive Jewess with a potential for criminality" because of her father's background is not only fluent in several languages but respected for her ingenuity and tact. Each of the three main characters has a softness that never diminishes even as they toughen up in the harsh reality of war which makes you root for them to survive. With a gripping plot, memorable and complex characters, "Front Lines" the first novel in Michael Grant's newest series is a must-read. I rate it highly and look forward to the next thrilling installment.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this! From the moment I heard about Front Lines, I was beyond excited to read this book. I’m fascinated by alternate histories, and something about the idea of women being eligible for the draft and serving alongside men in World War II was irresistible to me. I don’t think I read many stories dealing with war – or if I do, the only ones that come to mind right now are fantasy books with battle scenes featuring magic alongside weapons, so not quite the same thing – but I was drawn to this book. I love this book. Love love love. I was pulled into the three main characters’ stories right away – Rio, Frangie, and Rainy – and I cared so much about these girls. Their families, the people they meet in training, and their fellow soldiers were all part of their stories, and I was completely entranced as the three girls’ stories came together. And when it came time to fight, the story didn’t shy away from the horrors of war. It was gripping and had me on the edge of my seat, totally unable to put the book down. And the glimpses into the mysterious narrator’s identity made that a fascinating subplot, adding a bit of mystery to the book, which I loved. Grant’s characters encounter sexism, racism, and anti-Semitism. The book is an alternate history but still historical fiction, and doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of the past. From the characters to the story to the writing, I loved this book, start to finish. It was a big book (my physical ARC was 542 pages) but it didn’t feel like it while I was reading it! And I am beyond thrilled that this is the first book in a series, because I need to read book two! I am not intentionally stingy with my five star ratings, but they’re usually rare for me to give out. But Front Lines is absolutely a five star read for me because it took me out of my world and put me in Rio, Frangie, and Rainy’s worlds. It captivated me and had me excited and happy and scared right alongside them. I definitely shed a tear or two while reading this, which is another rarity for me. Also! I really like this cover. I am definitely buying a finished copy for my shelf, and may end up gifting this book to people for birthdays and holidays. This is definitely the best book I’ve read so far in 2016 (yes I know, it’s only January), and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I finished. Highly highly recommended. (I received a copy from the publisher, for free, for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great characters who kick some butt An alternate history story of World War 2 where women are eligible to be drafted after a court ruling. Front Lines follows three young women as they enlist, each for her own reasons, rather than wait to see if they get drafted: Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schultermann. Rio fights for her sister, Frangie’s family needs to money she can send back to them, and Rainy wants to put her intelligence to use killing Germans. It won’t be an easy road for any of them but they will show the world that women can fight. I’m a really big fan of historical novels and of alternate history plots so I was really excited for this one to come out. The plot sounded really interesting and I was curious to see how women would be added to the war in regards to the plotline. Would they actually get to fight or was it more of a ‘women are here because the courts ordered us to allow them but don’t let them fight’ type of story. I was happy to see these girls and the other female volunteers would be fighting, right alongside the men. There were, of course, people who still didn’t think the girls belonged even after they’d proven themselves. The book was told in three major parts. The beginning had each girl’s story of how they came to enlist, their reasoning, their backstories, their family life. Each girl was well developed before she even set foot into a recruiting station. We saw Rio’s sense of duty and desire to not be left behind, we saw Frangie’s compassion with her sick animals and need to help her family, we saw Rainy’s bond with her brother and her ability to problem solve. The second part was their basic training. Each girl was at a different location and we saw them struggle and succeed and bond with their unit. The third part was the war and we saw how unprepared they were, even with all the training, because now it was real. The plot was slow moving at first, not in a boring way, but there was a lot of get through with each character before she could start training and then fight in the war. It was done so we cared about these girls before they even stepped foot inside their barracks and we cared about them making it through their training. It didn’t shy away from the situations the girls had to deal with as female soldiers who weren’t wanted there by everyone. It made you care about the other girls and the guys in the girls’ units and it hurt because the chances of all the characters I liked surviving was slim, and I knew that going into the book. I found that I most enjoyed Rio’s POV of the three. There seemed to be more action and more characters during her POV, which meant more dynamics between the soldiers in her unit. Frangie and Rainy’s POVs were great as well but they spent more time solo than with other people so there was less connection with other people. It was easy to get sucked into each POV though and it made me glad to learn this book was the first in a series because I can’t wait to see more of Rio, Frangie, Rainy, and the whole ensemble of characters that make up their units. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-12-15

Editorial Reviews

“Front Lines does what great epics are meant to do: tells us the human side of history with honesty, wit, and clarity. Just because it didn’t happen this way, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”