My 2017 in Books – ‘Code Name Verity’ & ‘Room’

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

This book was recommended to me by my best friend and it’s probably something I never would have come across otherwise. I’m so glad I read this book and there’s nothing I love more than a recommended book!

Code Name Verity was set in WWII about two women and their roles in the war; one a pilot the other a spy. After a crash landing in France, the spy is captured by the Gestapo and both their lives are in danger.

This was a book that I absolutely loved for many reasons. Firstly, because it was about two female protagonists; both strong and inspiring women in their own unique ways. Secondly, it was set in WWII and was about these two women doing jobs which were pretty much exclusively occupied by men; and how they dealt with all of the different hardships which came with that. Thirdly, this book was essentially about friendship and sisterhood between these two women in a very bleak period and how at times, this friendship was all that got them through. Also – one of the female protagonists was Scottish which I loved and she was awesome.

I thought this book was very well written. I do love a historical fiction and I felt I learnt a lot from this book, you could tell it was very well researched and it felt authentic. I never thought I would be so interested in a book that had so much about flying in it but it was definitely necessary for the plot to have real meaning.

Code Name Verity was a book that I really connected with, admiring these women (they’re fictional I know!) who paved the way for all the women that came after them. It showed very truthfully how the darkest times really do bring out the best and worst in people. Now, this book made me cry and I mean gut-wrenchingly sob, ugly crying. I could almost start crying just thinking about that moment when I literally burst into tears. For me that’s always a sign of a brilliant book because I cared about the characters and everything they were going through that it hit me so hard and it stayed with me afterwards.

In case you couldn’t tell yet, I highly recommend this book. I thought it was beautiful and powerful.

10/10

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Room – Emma Donoghue

Room was about a young woman who was kidnapped and held captive in an 11″ by 11″ room by the man who took her, for seven years. Jack is her five year old son and is the voice of this story.

I thought it was very interesting for the book to be from Jack’s perspective. It meant it was told in a way which meant as the reader you come to understand the situation through Ma telling Jack. As the reader you also understand a lot more than Jack does in the words Ma chooses and sometimes in what she leaves unsaid.

At times it was a bit hard to follow and felt a bit disjointed because you had to follow and interpret things as Jack, in his five year old mind, understood things. You had to understand his version of reality in order to follow the story.

I thought it was a very unique way of telling the story and definitely made it even more heartbreaking at times, the way the innocence of this child can’t comprehend the evil which has taken place. I still think I would have preferred to hear the story from Ma’s point of view and perhaps have had a few chapters from Jack’s.

It was a very real portrayal of how humans deal with the worst situations and how different people deal with merely being in contact with the ordeal in vastly different ways.

6/10

 

 

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2 thoughts on “My 2017 in Books – ‘Code Name Verity’ & ‘Room’

  1. Untouched By Fire says:

    I’ve heard lots about “Code Name Verity” and was about to read it but kept putting it off. After reading your review though, I feel so disappointed of myself…I HAVE to read this! Also, is the plot fictional as well?

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    • Safiyah says:

      You should be very disappointed in yourself! Mind you, I don’t want to hype it up too much for you to then be disappointed in the book lol but yes read it! The plot is fictional but there were female pilots and even spies so that aspect is realistic.

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