- Princess Mononoke
- an undiscovered world
- out of the ashes
- Spirited Away
Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein. Hyperion 2012. YA. 343 pages.
Can we talk about this book? Let’s talk about this book.
WWII. Britain. France. Pilots. Spies. Prisoners. Friends. Adventure. Torture. Guilt. Love. Bromance.
Let’s stop there. This book has a female bromance. When’s the last time you saw one of those?
This book has women being badass while being women. Moreover, it has women being badass in a population of badass women: our noble heroes are not the lone exception to the rule. Moreover moreover, this book avoids the trap of veering so far from misogynist that it becomes misandrist: the men are still there, and some of them are badass, and some of them are bad, and some are just asses, but no one is belittled or stereotyped or disregarded in any way. They are all—female and male—real people, flawed and faceted.
Add to that, this book is incredibly well crafted. Wein adheres to her narrative frame in a way that does not once demand suspension of disbelief. Don’t believe me? Finish the book. You’ll believe me.