The thrilling story of one young ATA pilot's unforgettable journey through World War Two.
This is Rose Under Fire. Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944.
A budding poet who feels most alive while flying, she discovers that not all battles are fought in the air.
An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the best-selling, multi-award-nominated Code Name Verity.
From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rose's story is one of courage in the face of adversity.
Elizabeth Wein is fast growing into one of the most important names in historical books for young adults.
In this, her second book for Egmont Press, she explores a World War 2 story of great significance and harrowing consequences.
Something made more haunting by the backdrop of the real-life events of Nazi Germany.
Praise for Code Name Verity: "It does more than stick with me.
It haunts me. I just can't recommend it enough" Maggie Stiefvater, bestselling author of Shiver "I was bereft when I finished it" Jill Mansell "It's about friendship and bravery, loyalty and love, and will most definitely leave you sobbing" The Bookseller "This is a remarkable book" Daily Mail
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
- Publication Date: 03/06/2013
- Category: Historical
- ISBN: 9781405265119
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Review by krau0098
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. So thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for making this book available for review. I loved Code Name Verity so much that I was thrilled to see that a companion novel was being released. This book was much different from Code Name Verity, I didn’t like it quite as much but it was still an excellent read.This book follows Rose, a female American pilot, as her plane is brought down in enemy territory and she is placed into an all woman concentration camp called Ravensbrück. It really is about all of the horrible medical experimentation that happened to a group of women there.I didn't find it as riveting and engaging as Code Name Verity, but it was still an excellent recounting of women's role in WWII. Maddie is in the story some (she was in Code Name Verity) but more in a supporting role. Julie is mentioned but not in the story really. This book takes place after Code Name Verity time wise.Rose is an interesting character. She loves flying and wants women to be allowed to fly in combat zones, but she is terrified of the unmanned bombs that have been taking down so many of the planes. She is in the unique situation of being mistakenly placed into the concentration camp because of paperwork that is messed up. She also has a knack for survival that helps her survive the atrocities of this concentration camp.This book gives an interesting account of World War II and the Nazi concentration camps. It explores an area I haven’t read much about previously which are the medical experiments run on some of the young women there. It also gives some insight into the Nazi women who ran the camp; in many cases the situations they are forced into are just as bad. The story takes place towards the end of World War II so it was also interesting to see how the Nazis try to cover their butts as all the horrible things they have done come to light.The book loses a bit of suspense because the story is being told from Rose's perspective after everything happens; so you know right from the beginning that she makes it out of the concentration camp. The thing that really propels the story is finding out how she made it out and reading about how she is trying to put herself back together after everything that happens to her. A good portion of the book is setup for how Rose got put into the concentration camp. A good portion of the story also focuses on how tough it is for Rose to integrate herself back into society after she is out.The story is told in an interesting way. Basically the book is written by Rose after she has made it out of the concentration camp and is healing/hiding in a hotel room in the Ritz. Rose decides since she can’t bring herself to talk about what happened in the camp that she will write the whole story down on paper.This book along with Code Name Verity and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are all excellent accounts of the Holocaust and appropriates for young adults. These books explore areas that aren't normally talked about; for example the role women played in WWII and how WWII affected the general non-Nazi German population. They are books everyone should read so that they can understand the atrocity of this events.Overall another excellent story and an excellent read. Highly recommended to everyone. Naturally a lot of what happens in this book is very disturbing so I would recommend to young adult and older.
Review by Herenya
Review by wyvernfriend
Rose Justice is a ATA pilot, ferrying people and planes so that men can fight. One day, on a routine flight in Europe she tries to interfere with a doodlebug and ends up being escorted to an airport by some German pilots. From there she ends up in Ravensbruck where she witnesses some terrible things.<br/><br/>The book is laid out as diaries, at first she's full of enthusiasm and spirit and then when she's recalling what happened to her, it's heartbreaking and also there's her work on getting herself back to herself, that broke my heart. She's a smart girl who becomes a woman under terrible circumstances that would break most people and then she finds herself wanting different things from where she was earlier in the war. She's a character who develops and while she will never regain her former self is still a whole person.<br/><br/>Interesting and heartbreaking, the list of Ravensbruck rabbits in the title page would break your heart when you think about it and the author sucked me in and made me care. It's not Code Name Verity. It stands well alone without Code Name Verity, with some similar themes but if you're looking for a revisit of the same story you will be disappointed.
Review by Eyejaybee
Another gripping novel from Elizabeth Wein, one again focusing on the work of female pilots during the Second World War. The principal character of this book is Rose Justice, a young American woman ho has been working flying planes around Britain. Shortly after the D Day invasions she finds herself flying some luminaries to Paris. There she is scheduled to collect a spitfire to be flown back to Britain where it will be refitted as a reconnaissance plane. However, on her journey back she spots, and successfully deflects, a V1 bomb that had been launched against Paris. However, her diversion to tackle the V1 has disastrous consequences as it takes her beyond the front line, and while she si struggling to reorient herself she finds herself by two German jet-powered fighter planes.Like Wein's previous novels, this is peopled with some very engaging characters, and Rose's plight is described in grim, but never sensationalist, detail.