Code Name Verity: Review

code name verityAuthor: Elizabeth Wein

Publisher: Egmont Press

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.
When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? (Via Goodreads.)


I had a lot of expectations when I started this book. I thought I would love it from the very first page and I didn’t. In fact, I found it very hard to get into. It’s very technical at times – a lot of code words, types of aeroplanes and I was just like, “what?” and I was quite disappointed but I had judged too soon.

This book is split into two parts; told from two different points of view and you really appreciate the first part of novel as soon as you start reading the second. It transforms and elevates what you have just read; it makes it beautiful and stunning and heart-wrenching and inspirational and just…words that mean greatness.

The writing is at times clunky at times but it has to be which you’ll understand once you start reading. The characters are wonderful, multifaceted and just incredible to read about, you’re very unlikely to forget them and their story. Simply amazing.

This book is definitely worth the hype and I would recommend it to everyone even if historical fiction is not your thing – it’s definitely not mine but I’m already looking forward to picking up Elizabeth Wein’s next novel. Just Fantastic.



6 thoughts on “Code Name Verity: Review

  1. I know what you mean about the first half. I was confused about the purpose of Maddie’s POV, but it made so much sense in the second half, and served to TEAR OUT MY HEART at the end. If you haven’t already read it, the companion/sequel Rose Under Fire is even better, and also has a few of the characters from Code Name Verity.

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