‘Code Name Verity’
I received the Code Name Verity audiobook as part of a free promotion. I knew nothing about it – hadn’t even heard of it before getting the free download. The books on this free promotion had been spotty – some good, some not so much, so I had literally no expectations going in.
It became one of my favourite books of the year. I loved the exploration of the roles of women in the war – often overlooked by history and fiction alike. The past was drawn so evocatively, it was sometimes easy to forget it wasn’t the 1940s and that we are fortunate enough to live in relative peace. The fears and the trials of the characters are extreme. The titular Verity is an incredibly brave girl pushed to the edges of her limits, and Maddy has challenges of her own to overcome while worrying about what’s become of her friend.
And the conclusion. I won’t spoil, but it’s epic and heartbreaking and inevitable and wonderful in its own way. It was the perfect end to the story.
No book from last year has lingered with me quite like Code Name Verity. If you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly recommend it. And the audiobook version is wonderful.