Rose Under Fire is the companion novel to Code Name Verity. Although a few characters reappear in Rose Under Fire, it is not necessary to read Code Name Verity first (although having read both, I highly recommend Code Name Verity as well!).
The novel follows the story of Rose Justice, an eighteen-year-old American ATA pilot who is captured by the Nazis in the midst of World War II. Mistaken for a French political prisoner, she is sent to Ravensbruck, a concentration camp in Germany. Against all odds, Rose creates friendships with her fellow prisoners and together they fight desperately for survival.
Elizabeth Wein’s writing is something to be enjoyed and cherished. Her prose is both intelligent and concise; there is no awkward wording or stilted dialogue to be found in this novel. The characters are well-developed and the range and depth of their emotions is quite tangible as well. The horrific conditions of the camp are so well researched that Wein’s descriptions will evoke heartbreaking images that stay with the reader long after the book is finished. What I loved most about this book is that despite the dire context, there are glimpses of human goodness and hope, and it is these moments, however small, that make the novel so unforgettable.
-Dana, Teen Services Associate