Rose Under Fire

January 27, 2017

Code Name Verity #2. Author: Elizabeth Wein.


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?
(Goodreads Summary)

My Thoughts:

Rose Under Fire is closely based on historical accounts of the concentration camp, and it is a heart-wrenching, painful, beautiful account of human suffering and hope. Elizabeth Wein pulls no punches in her writing, and if anything this was almost harder than Code Name Verity.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Prisoners are forced to strip naked in front of male + female guards to be examined and shower. Prisoner says she was arrested after being accused by her boss because she refused to sleep with him, and that after arrest he raped her.

Language: 7 derogatory terms, 5 F-words, 5 d***, 2 bloody

Violence: See Sexual Content above for some sexual violence. It should be noted there is enough violence that not all individual occurrences are listed here; the main character is incarcerated in a concentration camp, and there is near-constant suffering and casual cruelty.
Girl is whipped unconscious. Prisoner gives a (graphic in certain parts) description of experiments performed on her/others, shows the scars on her leg to prove it: the doctors were experimenting with infection and wounds such as soldiers might have, and many of the test subjects died. There is often casual cruelty on the part of the guards: kicking prisoners, forcing them to stand for role-call for hours, restricting their food, and forcing them to work.


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