Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Disney Hyperion, 368 Pages
Sub-genre: Historical Fiction
Source: ARC via BEA 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Companion novel to: Code Name Verity
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?
Historical fiction isn’t for everyone – most of the time, it’s not really for me (another exception – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly!) but Elizabeth Wein has the ability to write characters in a way that makes them feel so real that I can’t help but read their (tragic) stories. The heartbreaking thing about historical fiction is that it’s based on true events or takes places during a time that really happened. Rose Under Fire is no different. Ravensbrück, a World War II concentration camp about 56 miles north of Berlin, was real. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
But even in horrible situations, like the ones that take place in this book, there is hope. It really is incredible what a person can endure and what the strength of friendships can do – sometimes it’s the difference between life and death. It’s comforting to know that even in a world where people do terrible things to other people – hope, courage, and perseverance can stay strong. And that those wrongs can be righted; that justice will happen.
And how do we find out about unspeakable things? Someone tells the world.