Recently I’ve seen some tweets and received an email or two about an upcoming release called Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (May 15th). Pretty much everything I’ve seen on Twitter and Goodreads has been positive, so I decided to look into it. Based on the early reviews and the summary, I decided to check it out and requested a copy via NetGalley which was recently approved. I haven’t started reading Code Name Verity yet, but I’m looking forward to it because I know historical fiction is popular with a group of my students, the boys in particular.
I have mixed feelings about this trailer because it doesn’t make the premise of the book obvious in regards to text. I like the music and the warning siren and everything else though because it gives potential readers a good idea of the tone of the book despite needing to pay closer attention to the text as it’s displayed. I’d love to know your thoughts about the trailer and the book if you’ve read it 🙂
**Note–This is the trailer created by Edgmont for the UK release which was in February of this year.**
Summary (From Goodreads): 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 and failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?
Harrowing and beautifully written, Elizabeth Wein creates a visceral read of danger, resolve, and survival that shows just how far true friends will go to save each other. Code Name Verity is an outstanding novel that will stick with you long after the last page.