Rose Under Fire

Wein, Elizabeth

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Rose Under Fire
When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.

Published: New York :, Hyperion,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781423184690
Branch Call Number: YA WEI
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,22 cm


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May 27, 2014
  • booklady413 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This historical fiction book taught me a great deal about the Ravensbruck concentration camp. This novel was very well written, and I will now read in reverse order Code Name Verity!

Feb 11, 2014

It is a horrible time to revisit but still unbelievable that such atrocities occurred. Wein revisits medical testing at Ravenbruck concentration camp by inserting a fictional storyline - I have read so many of these WWII stories and yet I did not know about this camp or the history related by Rose Under Fire - Definitely a book to share w/current generation of young readers.

Feb 06, 2014
  • stephaniedchase rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Heartbreaking, and beautiful. Not to be missed.

Dec 17, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As someone who likes reading about history, there are a number of reasons why I'll pick up a book: a cool setting, or an interesting event, or learning about someone's life. I picked up this book for a different reason altogether, one that Wein seems to understand - bearing witness. Some things are just so horrible, so unimaginable, that they have to be told, in the hope that they won't happen again. Bearing witness was important to Rose, and she kept fighting so that she could tell the story of the Rabbits who were experimented upon in Ravensbrück. At the other end of that pact is someone who listens to the story and acknowledges that it was real, thereby hopefully lightening the load of the storyteller. This isn't really a book to be enjoyed, but, I am acknowledging that while the names are made up, the story itself isn't, not really. It needs to be told, and it needs to be heard.

Nov 09, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rose Justice is a young American woman flying with the ATA during the later years of World War II. Her father ran a flight school in the US, and she had been flying from a young age. In the ATA she works with Maddie, a young woman we met in the book Code Name Verity. Rose is independent and enthusiastic and with an uncle high up in the War Ministry, she gets some opportunities others don't.
When she gets the chance to fly her uncle to Paris after the city was liberated, she jumps at it, and agrees to ferry a plane back to Britain afterward. But on her trip back, something goes wrong and she ends up captured and taken to Ravensbruck, one of the German's concentration camps.
While Rose is a fictional person, the story of Ravensbruck is not, and the author uses many historical sources to ensure that the story told her is accurate in its fact. This part of the story is difficult and one of the things that helps the reader through it is the knowledge that Rose does survive her experience. The author deliberately limits Rose's knowledge to that which a woman in her situation would be aware of, not giving the full experience of the atrocities of the camp. One other thing that helps the reader through this story is the amazing attitude of the camp victims, the fight they exhibit, the ways of working around the limitations and the cruelties and the risks they take to survive. The small daily rituals, and ways they have of buoying each other up and the small delights they find in their very limited lives.
Rose also writes poetry and the poems written during her time in Ravensbruck and shared with her fellow prisoners there evoke more than the text descriptions, putting the emotion into the experience.
A wonderful book that brings history alive.

Oct 12, 2013
  • JCLDennisR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A companion book to Code Name Verity, this is another very moving story set in Nazi-occupied Europe.


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