Code Name Verity

Wein, Elizabeth

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Code Name Verity
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781423152194
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm.


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Jan 03, 2015
  • Nat2D2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this novel for a long time. Thankfully, I dug in and pored over it. This story about two young women who, because of an extraordinary set of circumstances, end up in heart wrenching situations is a must read. Although it is a work of historical fiction, it explores so many different themes such as loyalty and betrayal, friendship, truth vs. lies, etc. Told from two different points of view, this novel gives readers an unprecedented description of Britain and Nazi-occupied France. I particularly enjoyed the detailed characterization; it is equally ironic and metaphorical. This WWII story does contain scenes that may prove difficult to read through. It demands of readers a mature understanding of the time period. All of the above and a well-paced plot contribute to a wonderful read. I highly recommend Code Name Verity.

Dec 27, 2014
  • PimaLib_JusdinaNB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just finished listening to this audio book and I loved every minute of my commute for a few weeks. The book is broken down into two sections with different narrators which I really enjoyed. The two are complimentary stories and Wein perfectly weaved them together. I am a lover of fantasy/science fiction and do not usually read outside of that genre. This story is historical fiction and I did not want the journey to end. I highly recommend you give this book a try even if it is out of what you would normally read.

Dec 04, 2014
  • Banzo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gripping and heartbreaking; you'll be carried along to the inevitable, tragic conclusion as you unravel the story.

Dec 04, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

We never really know who our narrator is. We think we do through her written confession to the SS while being held prisoner as she divulges secret upon secret. Secrets in the form of a story from her friend Maddie's point of view of how Maddie, a young mechanic turned pilot, ends up serving in the war and meeting our narrator and crashing them into occupied France. Our narrator believes that Maddie is dead. Maddie and the narrator make a formidable team. A pilot and spy even when they aren't consciously working together.

You think you know the story and you think you know how it's going to go and then you hit the second half of the book and even those suspicions you may have had aren't quite right. I love that this book is a) female driven and b) driven by people (men and women alike) that you wouldn't expect to see in a standard WWII novel, YA or otherwise.

This book is fantastic and quite possibly may ruin you but it is well worth it.

Dec 02, 2014
  • LPL_RachaelH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Code Name Verity began simply as a book about women who could fly airplanes and be spy's during WWII. The final product is story about two best friends who fly giant airplanes to secretive places, during a time when they weren't supposed to. The first half of this book is slow and a little confusing but the second half makes it totally worth the read.

Nov 29, 2014

When captured and held prisoner in Nazi-occupied France, one young woman is given a chance—but only if she documents all her secrets and hands them over to the Nazis. Through her words, the woman tells the story of Maddie, her best friend. It may not seem significant, but in the end, it all connects.
Read this if you like: Spy stories, fierce young pilots, stories written in the journal format, and strong female protagonists.

Nov 24, 2014
  • First4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gripping and often heartbreaking account of two friends in WWII Europe. Have tissue ready at the end!

Aug 02, 2014
  • GuyN rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I skipped over the early torture scenes because, well the idea of torture of humans by humans is inhuman to me (i.e. I'm a wimp). They aren't really graphic, so don't be scared away from this intriguing book. The story is told from multiple viewpoints and jumping back and forth in time. Not everything is who or what it seems. Confusing? Certainly it is, but not irreparably so. It is well researched and period detail is everywhere. What is most intriguing is the development of the two lead characters. Although skipping a score of pages early on made getting the characters separated, they have multiple names, difficult for me It got me into the heart of the story faster than some and once there, well, I was hooked.

Jun 30, 2014

"After crash-landing in France in 1943 and being captured by Nazis, a female wireless operator for the British (who goes by Queenie, Eva, Verity, and various other aliases) reveals bits of code in exchange for reprieve from torture... and to postpone her execution. Woven into Verity's confession is a powerful, gritty tale of war, friendship, espionage, and great courage -- one that reviewers describe as "gut-wrenching" (Booklist), "downright sizzling" (Horn Book), "heartbreaking" (VOYA), and "unforgettable" (Kirkus Reviews)." Teen Scene July 2014 newsletter

Jun 21, 2014

This is an excellent read about WWII. However it is disturbing in parts
and is definitely more appropriate for older teens and adults.

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Jun 13, 2014
  • ballerbunny rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Fly safely."

Aug 20, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Don't know how I kept going. You just do. You have to, so you do.”

Aug 20, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Nothing like an arcane literary debate with your tyrannical master while you pass the time leading to your execution.”

Jul 16, 2013
  • sra963 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kiss me Hardy.

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"'Fräulein Engel, you are not a student of literature," he [von Linden] said. The English flight officer has studied the craft of the novel. She is making use of suspense and foreshadowing.' _ Golly, Engel stared at him. I, of course, took the opportunity to interpose with pigheaded Wallace pride, 'I am not English, you ignorant Jerry bastard, I am a SCOT.' _ Engel dutifully slapped me into science and said, 'She is not writing a novel. She is making a report.' _ 'But she is employing the literary conceits and techniques of a novel.'" Pg 57 ( _ = new paragraph)

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"So then we had a genial argument about Orwellian socialism. He (v.L.) disapproves (obviously, as Orwell spent five months battling the idiot Fascists in Spain in 1937), and I (who don't always agree with Orwell either but for different reasons) said that I didn't think my experience as a scullion exactly matched Orwell's, if that was what v.L. was getting at, albeit we may have found ourselves working in similar French hotel basements for similar rates of pay (Orwell's somewhat higher than mine, as I seem to recall he was given an allowance of a couple of bottles of wine in addition to raw potato peelings)." Pg 86

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Maddie [was] nothing if not mechanically minded and trained to react positively to orders from people in authority" pg 66

Mar 29, 2013
  • cinnamonkitty14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"'If you're scared, do something'" pg 66 and 94

Jan 29, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It’s awful, telling it like this, isn’t it? As though we didn’t know the ending. As though it could have another ending. It’s like watching Romeo drink poison. Every time you see it you get fooled into thinking his girlfriend might wake up and stop him. Every single time you see it you want to shout, You stupid ass, just wait a minute and she’ll open her eyes! Oi, you, you twat, open your eyes, wake up! Don’t die this time! But they always do.”
― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

Jan 29, 2013
  • KOUJOKAKYUU rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“It was a rather extraordinary conversation if you think about it -- both of us speaking in code. But not military code, not Intelligence or Resistance code -- just feminine code.” ― Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity

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Jan 29, 2013
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