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Rose Under Fire | [Elizabeth Wein]

Rose Under Fire

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Teens, 2013

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force.

These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive. In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.

©2013 Elizabeth Gatland (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A carefully researched, precisely written tour de force; unforgettable and wrenching." (Kirkus Reviews (for Code Name Verity))

"An incredibly assured debut novel, full of convincing detail, heart-stopping emotion and tension." (The Bookseller (for Code Name Verity))

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    Lulu 01-30-14
    Lulu 01-30-14

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "A Compelling and Disturbing Read"

    A very powerful book. I stumbled upon the first book in this short series, Code Name Verity. I was terribly impressed. It seemed well researched, extremely detailed and highly engrossing. Even though it was dealing with a time in history and events that are well known, it still managed to surprise me.

    Rose Under Fire was a more difficult read and at first I did not think I would like it. The heroine was a little to perfect and perky to be believable. Then it seemed to settle down and I became immersed in the story. The perfection and perkiness soon slipped away. While the first book definitely had dark segments, much of Rose Under Fire was downright bleak. So bleak that it was sometimes difficult to continue. No matter how many times you read of the atrocities of the second World War, they can still hit you hard. Especially when told as compellingly as this book.

    I loved the periodic insertion of both Millay's and "Rose's" poetry. If you are not a poetry fan, that might make the book a little more difficult to push through, but I thought it only added to the context of the story and she used the alliterative aspect of poetry to further the plot line.

    I thought the narration was extremely well done. The voice of Rosa, a Polish prisoner was a little grating, but I think it fit the characters age, experience, personality and situation.

    I heartily recommend this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Valeria 01-26-15
    Valeria 01-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Breathtakingly Beautiful"

    I waited a while before writing this review in hopes I’ll have a better idea of how to express my feelings. As it turns out, I don’t. I was expecting a heart wrenching beautiful and historically accurate story, based on what I experienced with Code Name Verity, but I was still blown away by it. They were as good, I’m even tempted to admit I enjoyed this one better, but it is still so fresh in my heart I feel a bit biased saying that, but they were still so different from each other. They are definitely two different stories, with a common theme and some shared characters.

    I was ecstatic to see Maddie and Jamie (I’m sorry if I didn’t get the spelling of their names right, but I listened to the audiobook, so I didn’t get the chance to read it) again and to see they were well and happy. It was just a glimpse because they are not the centre of this story, but I was glad to get it. I wasn’t surprised, though, to learn a bit about them and how they were coping with Julie’s decease, yet I was not expecting to run into Engel again, and trust me, you’ll find her in the most unexpected place. When it finally dawned on me it was her, I was agape! It was awesome that Rose’s path crossed with her’s in such a way. Masterful, even.

    Speaking of masterful, this story totally sneaked up on me. I thought it would go straight to the action, like Code Name Verity where we learn straight ahead that Julie had been imprisoned. Not this time around. I didn’t read the synopsis beforehand so I didn’t know what would happen, and I really didn’t know what to expect, but this story was slowly showing its deep layers. Plus, it was great to see how Rose had changed after experiencing the hardships the war brought on her.

    I loved the fact that Rose was a poet, and I loved every one of the poems she wrote at camp. I also didn’t miss the subtlety of her last name being Justice. I loved that instead of putting the focus in one friendship, we got the focus on a wonderful group of people. But most of all, even if the author was careful in portraying the horrors that went on in a Concentration Camp, I loved that the main centre of attention was solidarity, love and the strength of human race. I hate what happened during WWII, but it wasn’t only a show of our worst features as humanity, if you look careful enough you’ll also be able to see it was also a demonstration of our best features and strengths.

    I also enjoyed very much that the story wasn’t set in a Jewish Concentration Camp, which, as it turned out, were a bit different from the prisoner’s camp as the one Rose was in (I won’t even dare try to spell that). I liked that because they did exist, but we barely know about them, at least me. So many different types of people ended up there and their experiences were somewhat different. They deserved the spotlight.

    It turned out I had lots to say about this book, but I would love to end it with a mention to Elodie. I loved that character and I got so little of her. I would love to have her side of the story. She was indeed remarkable, and if I ever end up marrying a French guy and have a daughter, I shall name her Elodie.

    To sum up, this author is brilliant and the narrator was marvellous! They brought together a story to life. A beautiful heart warming, heart wrenching story of hope, solidarity, love and bravery in the most unexpected places. This book will live with me forever. It accurately captures the horror and the small rays of beauty within German Concentration Camps.

    I don’t want to make this review longer, so I’ll just add a short note on Sasha Pick’s narration. She is unbelievably amazing! She has an excellent pacing, she’s a wonderful singer, I loved listening to her read poetry, and how she made all the voices with their respective accents. She was so good at it too. Brilliant choice. I’ll be looking out for more of her audiobooks.

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    rita 01-23-15
    rita 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved this"

    I had read code name verity and enjoyed that, but this story was much better.

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    Mary 12-21-14
    Mary 12-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story about important history"
    If you could sum up Rose Under Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Historic .moving.challenging


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong women in harrowing situation


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    About 80% is great but some of the characters are given squeaky, cartoonish voices which is distracting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me angry that such atrocities went on for so long and were so brutal. Inspiring at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad part of history everyone should remember

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 02-07-14
    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 02-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "The narrator didn't do this story any favors"
    What did you like best about Rose Under Fire? What did you like least?

    The story is good. If you liked Code Name Verity, this is another great blend of history, a characters experience, friendship - and a solid story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration- there's one character- the Polish girl Rose, that is so grating I had to turn it down and miss some of the dialog. It's that hard to listen too. How did anyone think that voice was sucessfull?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sasha Pick’s performances?

    No. The male voices were comical- so over the top. I'm guess it's difficult to voice so many female characters and make them distinct, but I can’t believe anyone could hear that voice for Rose and not cringe.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It's a good story and it was nice to see some of the characters from Code Name Verity and follow up with where they are now. I would definitely want to see more of their story. The narrator for Verity was spectacular- it's too bad she wasn't part of this story as well. It would have been great for the continuity.


    Any additional comments?

    I look foward to the next story with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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