Quite a few Cannonballers have reviewed Code Name Verity over the past few years, and just about everyone has raved about it (less so for the sequel, which bums me out, but I plan to read it anyway). I finally snagged myself a copy, and I have to say I totally loved this book — it lives up to the hype!
I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
The first half of the novel takes place in the form of a confession, if that’s the right word, of a Scottish aristocrat caught by the Germans. She’d been working on behalf the British, and gets caught after making one small, stupid mistake. Unable to cope with torture, she writes out everything she knows — radio codes, types of airplanes, locations of airfields, etc. She also tells the story of her best friend, Maddie, the pilot who dropped her off in Germany. We read as this agent pours her heart out, and the story of her & Maddie’s unlikely friendship really pops.
The second half of the novel? I won’t tell you a thing, because to tell anything at all would be to spoil some fantastic elements, and I simply won’t. Just believe me and plenty of other Cannonballers when we say: read this one!