Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

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2 Responses to “Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein”

  1. Claire C. Says:

    Summary: The story, “Rose Under Fire” follows the journey of Rose Justice a young American Pilot. During a routine flight in an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, Rose is forced to land in enemy territory and shortly afterwards is captured by the Nazi’s and placed in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. In the camp, Rose experiences the horror of the ruthless Nazis and creates strong connections with many of the fellow women in the camp and she learns of their own tragic stories. A powerful novel about her journey through friendships and horror in the Nazi concentration camp is both gripping and powerful.

    Evaluation: I loved how the author connected “Rose Under Fire” to her other novel, “Code Name Verity” by having some characters appear in both stories. I think this is clever and its interesting for the reader to read about other aspects of this characters life. The two books are written differently and focus on different themes so I wouldn’t call it a sequel or that they are very similar just because Wein creates very different tones in each story. The book itself was incredible but somewhat emotionally challenging. While it possessed many aspects of other Holocaust books, what really set it apart for me was the fact that it centered around women and their stories. In most military and wartime books, the main character is most often a headstrong, young male looking for glory and respect, etc. But in this book Wein wrote from the perspective of a young woman. This is important because it shows how on top of the difficulties of war and everything else that male soldiers have to deal with, it shows the struggles of being one of the few females in a male dominant military. “Rose Under Fire” will keep the reader turning the pages and is such a powerful and resonant historical novel that deserves your attention.

    Rating: 4.5 stars

    Code Name Verity
    The Boy in Striped Pajamas

  2. bachbooks Says:

    This companion to Code Name Verity tells the story of American pilot and poet Rose Justice. Living in fear of the unmanned German “V-1” flying bombs, Rose hears stories of pilots “tipping” them out of the air and preventing them from striking their targets in Brittan. On a flight from Paris to England, she spots a V-1 and successfully sets it off course. Unfortunately for her, while Rose is focused on attacking the bomb, two German fighter planes intercept her and force her to land behind enemy lines. After landing, she ends up in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Narrated from a hotel in Paris, Rose Under Fire presents the powerful story of Rose’s survival and escape.

    Like Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire is a winning work of historical fiction. This fictionalized account of concentration camp survival illustrates both the dreadful conditions and the saving camaraderie of “life” in Ravensbruck. In Rose and her campmates, Wein again creates compelling characters buoyed by their relationships and resourcefulness. Fans of Code Name Verity will appreciate the overlap between these two stories, as Maddie plays a supporting role. With a more straightforward narrative than Code Name Verity readers follow Rose from start to finish as she seeks to fulfill her promise to tell the world.

    Rating: 4 stars

    Recommendations: Night, The Book Thief, I Am the Messenger, Code Name Verity

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