Thursday, June 13, 2013

Brief Book Review: Rose Under Fire

Rose Under FireRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having overdosed on Holocaust literature as a teenager, I was somewhat reluctant to read Wein's latest, a (fictional) Ravensbruck survivor account, even though I thought _Code Name Verity_ was amazing. (As an adult, it seems that such atrocities are harder for me to handle than they were when I was an adolescent.) However, I need not have worried -- Wein is more than capable of taking an old (though important) subject and making it fresh and new through the eyes of 18-year-old Rose, an American, a poet, and a volunteer who ends up in a concentration camp toward the end of the year. The prose and poetry is beautiful, the story harrowing, and the ending uplifting. I am grateful I got to read this.

*I received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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