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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, 2014

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 Copyright © 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)

‘This astonishing tale of friendship and truth will take wing and soar into your heart.’ - Laurie Halse Anderson New York Times bestselling author (for Code Name Verity)

his is one of those books I want to thrust into the hands of every young adult ? or adult! ? reader: a story so artful, sound and exceptionally well-written that it would be tragic to miss out on it.' - Toronto Star (for Code Name Verity)

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-10-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    It is obvious that Elizabeth Wein did a great deal of research to write this book. The book is emotional and intense but the subject is important as it captures an important aspect of World War II we should never forget. Rose Justice is an American civilian who is a pilot with the transport service ferrying planes. She is to fly from England to Paris now the area is under Allied control. On her way back to England she is forced down by Nazi planes and taken to Germany. As a civilian she has no protection under the Geneva convention so she is sent to the infamous Ravensbruck concentration camp for women. The story is about the women she meets, the problems of survival in the camp and her escape. She is a lone American in a group of Polish, French and Soviet women many who are being used for medical research. Rose gets extra slice of bread for each poem she makes up. Wein uses the poems to move some of the story. I think the use of the Nuremburg Trials and the British Trials of concentrations camps personnel was a great way to tie up Rose's story with the bigger picture. Rose develops friendship with a few prisoners a 16 year old Polish girl being use for medical experiments, a fellow pilot "Night Witch" a Soviet Air Force Ace fighter pilot and a famous French writer who's Jewish husband and sons were gassed by the Nazi's.
    Wein also provides us with what happened to these girls after the war. The book does leave you satisfied with the ending. Sasha Pick does a good job narrating the book. This is a must read book for everyone. The story is one we should never forget and periodic reading about it helps us keep it sharp in our minds.

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  • Tamsin Goadby
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    "Heart breaking story ruined by ghastly accents"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It took a long time to get to the heart of this story. I could have stood alone without bringing in the back story and characters from Operation Verity.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have got to the story of how Rose ended up in the concentration camp much more quickly.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices used to represent some of the non-English characters were so over the top that they were incomprehensible at times and at others, just plain irritating. Not to mention completely unauthentic. I am a native English speaker and have many Polish friends, but none of them sound like they do in this recording. My 18 year old daughter wanted to turn the recording off, even though we found the story heart breaking and we were rooting for the characters.


    Do you think Rose Under Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Another book along the same vein would be wonderful, but not a follow up.


    Any additional comments?

    An important story that fictionalises some terrible historical truths completely ruined by terrible narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice
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    6/2/14
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    "Excellent narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rose Under Fire to be better than the print version?

    The performance by Sasha Pick was exceptionally good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rose Under Fire?

    The narration of the polish characters in the concentration camp were particularly memorable.


    Have you listened to any of Sasha Pick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listend to Sasha;s work before, but would definitely look for her readings again. I had really hoped she would win the Audie award that this book was nominated for.


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

    The book is an emotional rollercoaster, and an interesting insight onto the holocaust from a first person perspective.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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