Author: Elizabeth Wein
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Standalone
Personal Rating: 2/5 (not enjoyable)
Yearly Count: 55
Oct. 11th, 1943--A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.
When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.
As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
This was difficult to read and not because it was about WWII. It was extremely boring, a little confusing, and I didn't like the method in which it was told. After I struggled through the first quarter, I sought out and glanced at other reviewers' thoughts. I found a few that mentioned that the second half (Part II) was worth the wait, so I decided to plod on. Mistake (for me). Although, I do agree that Part II was better than Part I. The best part was the Author's Note at the end of the book - that I found interesting. At this point, my opinion of this book is far from the masses. So . . . go ahead, read and decide for yourself.
My thanks go to Hyperion and NetGalley for sending me this eGalley.