Maybe not as good a story as Code Name Verity but it does its job of "to tell the world" while inspiring the reader to relate to the characters not only struggling to survive but also to make choices that are true to their values. Enlightening, heart breaking, and enriching read!
Not as good as Code Name Verity. It takes patience and persistence to get through the early chapters - then it finally becomes worth reading.
I loved this book, from the character development, to the history of WWII, to the details of concentration camp life. It was so interesting, so moving and really educational for teens and adults alike. Highly recommend it and will be reading more of her novels.
A thought provoking book that I would recommend to everyone to read. At first the story starts off slow, and the main character seems immature and shallow, but as her life is transformed by harsh circumstances she becomes more likable and humble. The contrast between her old life and personality compared to them at the end of the book is fascinating. This story will make you think about the things you take for granted in your everyday life. While parts were quite sad and difficult to read, the ending is very uplifting as it shows even after a tragedy life will go on.
- @bookanarchy of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I thought this book was more or less an okay read. I got bored reading it in the beginning but it picked up nicely the more I read. Also, I learned a lot more than I thought I was going to after reading this book.
I personally love learning and reading about WW2 and the Holocaust, yet sometimes the books can be boring and un relatable. This novel however, was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I couldn't stop reading, Rose Under Fire is such a great book that kept me wanting to read more. It is so intriguing and interesting. Though the formatting of her experience told backwards from after she was rescued is a bit confusing, Rose's story really touched my heart. I longed for the characters as much as Rose did when they died. This book is so engaging, I feel like a have also made a connection with the characters as well. The author really helped at making it like was a Ravensbrück prisoner as well. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!
I found this in the teen fiction and thought it would be rather light reading for an adult, which it was to a certain degree. But as the story progressed and the main character matured, her journal was more detailed and her poetry was moving. The situations of the women in the camps were deplorable but they assisted each other as best as they could. Everyone should read at least one book containing this horrific subject so we will never forget the humiliation, starvation, disease and deaths in the camps. To all teenage-girls... read this book and it will make you realize how fortunate you are to be living in this country at this time!
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!
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 - http://www.elizabethwein.com/rabbit_gallery Definitely a book to share w/current generation of young readers.
Heartbreaking, and beautiful. Not to be missed.
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