While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?
Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.
Wow…this book literally took my breath away. I have an extreme interest in World War II, especially what was going on in the concentration camps so I was really excited to read this book. I haven’t read Code Name Verity, but I’m going out to buy a copy as soon as I can after reading Rose Under Fire.
Wein’s writing is magnificent in the way that I could tell the character (Rose) was changing just by reading differences in the emotions in her journal writings and poetry. She starts out as this really ignorant, stereotypical American ATA pilot and by the end of the book, she’s like a brand new person who doesn’t take anything for granted and sees life through brand new eyes.
I felt attached to a lot of the characters and since this is a story about a character surviving in a concentration camp…well, let’s just say I cried (and I never cry when reading). For example, hearing about the Rabbits (Polish women who were experimented on) and what happened to them made my heart ache. The different characters-Roza, Lisette, Gitte, Karolina, and Irina-were easy to love and each had a different personality that I loved. The author used the whole situation to make their relationships strong and realistic and I felt as though this was how camp prisoners really survived (which it was).
This book is a must read and the poetry written by the main character Rose Justice really added to the emotion. It was a different kind of writing where I felt the main character was speaking with me and trying to connect and tell a story. Whether you like historical fiction or not, you need to read this book.
*Received an ARC from the publisher Disney Hyperion, in no way does it affect my opinion of the book